A Memorable Movie Year to Come?

Now that Santa has headed back to the North Pole, will audiences Sing a different, less-festive tune this first weekend of 2017? Will Rogue One: A Star Wars story bring the new year in on the starriest of stages?
Surrounded by a myriad of stars (some celestial, some only in their own minds), the Passengers have settled in for a long winter’s nap. Will success rouse them from their slumber?
Might audiences continue to ask Why Him? or will they move on to the next inappropriately entertaining guy? Can the Assassin’s Creed make believers out of even the most cynic of moviegoers?
Most importantly, will 2017 be THE movie year to remember?
Stay tuned!

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Santa Versus the Stars

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story remained THE force to be reckoned with, as those storied stars had one awesome story to tell. Following a different tale, believers of all ages had something to Sing about this Santa-filled weekend, as animation broke through even the Grinchiest of hearts. Fortunately, our confused Passengers arrived just in time for the festivities as an anxious father (and more than a few Franco fans) asked Why Him? of his latest flick. The Assassins Creed made a believer out of the rest of the moviegoers during their gift-giving (and receiving) break.
Scrooge, thankfully, temporarily changed his ways and stepped aside for the most entertaining, Santa-approved stories. The stars were clearly in their cinematic Heaven, a song was in everyone’s heart, comedy found time for play, a time-challenged flight took off and an assassin found his faith.
Which of our faithful tales made your holidays even more festive?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1.Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $64.4 million.
2. Sing $35.3 million.
3 Passengers $14.9 million.
4. Why Him? $11.1 million.
5. Assassin’s Creed $10.3 million.

A Harmonious Holiday Weekend

We’ll have plenty to Sing about this Christmas weekend, as a tuneful, animated gem will soon be storming the grandest stage. The Passengers aboard are guaranteed an experience worth staying awake for (tired folks they are), as they hover over the movie masses. Soaring quite successfully is the champions from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, knowing their tale will remain the one to beat.
Beating on his own dangerous drum, the Assassin’s Creed is wishing for a killer opening weekend sure to restore our faith (in what, I’m not sure) while Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them remain in their own fantasy fields. Moana is still sitting pretty among the Collateral Beauty, which promises an emotional weekend, where the stars, naturally, are the most beautiful things going.
With every emotion being experienced this weekend, the requisite Office Christmas Party is sure to lighten the mood, as the harried guests ask Why Him? of that prerequisite odd party crasher (who looks strangely like James Franco). Of course, you never know who may show up at Hollywood’s biggest event, maybe even St. Nick!
With a sweet harmony and the scent of sugar cookies filling the starry air, which of our saints and sinners will you be spending part of your holiday weekend with?
Merry Christmas at the Movies!

One Starry Ride

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the brightest tale told this weekend, far surpassing the celestial beings hovering humbly beneath them. Moana was blissfully sailing on her own star power through the holidays, happy to be a profitable part of Hollywood’s ultimate Office Christmas Party, rubbing elbows with the cream of the cinematic crop. Will Smith brought his brand of Collateral Beauty to the big screen, further illuminating those star-studded skies. Cropping up in a more-bizarre-than-beautiful way were, naturally, those Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, who are clearly experts at discovering the best way to spend our non-holiday shopping time.
Beauty came crashing into our movie theaters this weekend in many forms as the stars were celebrated in high style, Moana was still marvelous and fantastic beings abounded as Hollywood once again hosted the coolest party (admission for the price of a movie ticket).
Which of our Hollywood-inspired stories made your weekend the coolest?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $155 million.
2. Moana $11.7 million.
3. Office Christmas Party $8.5 million.
4. Collateral Beauty $7 million.
5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them $5 million.

The Stage is Set for One Starry Story

Does the holiday season have you wishing on the stars, hoping for a blockbuster weekend that only studios, as opposed to Santa, can bring? Might Rogue One: A Star Wars Story successfully bring scrooge-like scoundrels into our otherwise peaceful holiday season? Will Collateral Beauty guarantee one beautiful Christmas experience? Perhaps the annual Office Christmas Party will provide beauty of a different sort, where party crashers of all kinds are in attendance.
Showing up for the festivities, of course, is box-office champion Moana, who wouldn’t miss out on celebrating the season in cinematic style. Then there’s those Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, whose keen sense of direction has led them to the most entertaining places. Doctor Strange is always, naturally, in the house, supplying a healing experience. The Allied among us won’t let a little thing like war separate us from the celebration as our cast of characters, from the aliens, to the animated to the just plan odd, patiently await the Arrival of the ultimate Hollywood star, Santa Claus!
Which of our arrivals are you patiently awaiting this weekend?

Moana Meets the Christmas Party Crashers

Reigning champ Moana was still the queen of the cinematic sea, swimming profitably through the holiday season. An Office Christmas Party brought out the holiday spirit in the comedy lovers among us as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them remained on the hunt for a loyal, fantastic crowd (and Santa Clause). The imminent Arrival of the Man in Red had movie lovers wishing for an alienated but engaging movie nation while Doctor Strange remained in the house to cure those unavoidable holiday blues.
Christmas came crashing into movie theaters this weekend, Moana was still cruising, beasts were hard to beat, the doctor was in and aliens had us on the edge of our seats.
Which of our edge-of-your-seat stories made for one entertaining party for you this weekend?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Moana $18.8 million.
2. Office Christmas Party $17.5 million.
3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them $10.8 million.
4 Arrival $5.2 million.
5. Doctor Strange $4.4 million.

The Ultimate Christmas Party

Tis the season, and an all-star Office Christmas Party is soon to begin. Will it be the box office party to end all parties? Might those scary Nocturnal Animals be the ultimate party crashes? Still successfully sailing along those rollercoaster waves, Moana is clearly having the time of her life. Is her time in the spotlight about to come to an end? Can those Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them locate the secret to eternal cinematic success? Will Doctor Strange find the cure for the pre-holiday blues?
Perhaps a creepy Incarnate is needed to remind us all what to truly be thankful for this holiday season (namely, the lack of horrifying demons at our dinner table).
Not being caught in a warzone surely makes the average moviegoers’ thankful list, as our Allied friends continue their fight for movie domination (and of course, the Arrival of aliens and the all-mighty St. Nick).
Among the mistletoe and the movie mania, which of our party crashers will dominate the box office this weekend?