Rogue One remains champ, Passengers lukewarm in debut.
Assassin’s Creed had an underwhelming debut at the domestic box office, earning just $15 million over the four-day holiday weekend.
As noted by Variety, the video game-inspired film, starring Michael Fassbender, earned $22.5 million during its first six days in theaters, placing fifth at the box office. As such, the movie still has a long way to go to recoup its $125 million production budget.
The studio expects the film to perform well in international markets. “This start exceeded our modeling,” Fox domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson said. “We’ll be the beneficiaries of a strong holiday play period.”
Passengers didn’t have a particularly impressive debut this weekend either. The new sci-fi film from Sony, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, earned $23.1 million over the long weekend, placing fifth. The movie earned $30.4 million during its first five days in theaters and had a production budget of $110 million.
Meanwhile, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which had a very strong debut last weekend, remained in first with $96.1 million. Placing second was Sing, the family-friendly animated film about singing animals, which earned $56.1 million over the four-day weekend and $76.7 million during its first six days in theaters.
Why Him?, the adult-minded comedy from Fox starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston, debuted in fourth, earning $16.7 million during the long weekend.