• First full week of calendar year earns $37m
• What’s hot – Sing, Moana and La La Land
The new movie year has started with the top 10 movies all earning over $1.5m or more in the first full week of 2017 for the seven days ending Wednesday January 11.
The box office take of $37.02m for those seven days was down 27% from the previous week of $50.95m which included several days of the previous calendar year.
Eight of the top 10 movies managed screen averages over $10,000 for the week.
Topping the chart was Universal’s Sing with $5.63m in its second week, down 30% from its opening week where it took $8.01m.
The second week of Walt Disney’s Moana was next best and the second of two movies to break above $5m for the week. Both the top two movies had screen averages over $14,000.
The best-performing new release was Roadshow’s Passengers with $4.54m in its opening week with a screen average just under $13,000.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story remained on the most screens – 403 – as it added $4.46m to its total of $45.25m after four weeks in cinemas.
The other two new releases this week were Fox’s Assassin’s Creed with $3.33m on debut and Roadshow’s The Edge of Seventeen with $1.83m.
Red Dog: True Blue slipped from #9 to #10 on the box office chart in its second week of release, with a weekly earn of $1.56m, down 41% from its debut with $2.64m. So far the movie has taken $5.81m after the original movie earned $21m back in 2011.
The best screen average of the week belonged to La La Land which was the big winner at Monday’s Golden Globe Awards. In its second week takings were down only 12% from $3.37m to $2.97m with a screen average of $17,217.