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Smart, bleak popcorn flicks powered the US box office to a new record in 2016

Tue Jan 03 07:28:33 EST 2017 | Quartz
The US box office reached a new record last year, powered by big-budget fantasy sagas like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Captain America: Civil War. For the most part, good still triumphed over evil and the underdog won in the end. But the lines were blurred in some of this year’s highest-grossing films. (Prepare for spoilers.) The top-grossing live-action films all took viewers beyond their ordinary, mundane worlds, in a sign that escapism has taken hold in film once again. But this year’s b..

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Captain America: Civil War opened in May and quickly conquered the box office. During its successful run, the Marvel film became the highest-grossing film of 2016 domestically ($40..
The US box office reached a new record last year, powered by big-budget fantasy sagas like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Captain America: Civil War. For the most part, good stil..
The Force is apparently very strong with Lucasfilm’s latest release. Earlier this month, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit theaters with a resounding cheer. The sci-fi standalone is..
Holiday season heavyweights “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Sing” will dominate North American moviegoing during the New Year’s weekend, with “Rogue One” likely to win with $60..
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Sing” loomed large at the multiplexes over the New Year’s holiday, racking up the biggest grosses and ringing out 2016 on a high note. The Star ..
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is breaking records left and right, hitting $687.7 million worldwide after two weeks. The eighth “Star Wars” movie grossed $16.6 million domesti..
Continuing in hyperdrive, Disney/Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has crossed the $800M mark at the global box office. With a total $801.9M through Monday, the Gareth Edwar..
In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there were plenty of Easter Eggs and references from Star Wars Rebels, the current animated series in the franchise, which takes place ju..
When Disney brought the Star Wars franchise into its family, that wasn't just to keep churning out more movies. Lucasfilm has been taking more noticeable steps to connect their big..
Rogue One was pretty much predestined to be a hit. At the very least it was going to be the best Star Wars prequel on film. Still, Disney cautiously warned everyone not to get too ..
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has Forced (see what we did there) its way into the hearts and wallets of movie goer's alike, winning the box office for the third straight weekend.&nb..
Uh oh, it looks like Star Wars: Rogue One will take a whole 16 days to cross $400 million domestic! Alas, the Walt Disney blockbuster will have to settle for crossing the $400m mar..
The Death Troopers are a fearsome squad of soldiers of the Empire who are tasked most often as elite special forces protecting the higher-ups of the Imperial military. The black-ar..
As one of the final movie releases in 2016, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is still trailblazing in theaters worldwide as 2017 kicks off. Along with receiving a lot of positive revie..
We already know that we’ll be getting a ton more Saw Gerrera via Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels and that Forest Whitaker, who played him in Rogue One, will be voicing the character. ..
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” grossed another $16.6 million on Thursday, bringing its domestic total up to $375 million and making it the No. 3 release of 2016 in North America. A..
Like others before it, the finished film version of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story couldn't possibly contain all the, well, Star Wars Story for every character, plotline, a..
Tony Stark is slated to appear in a few more Marvel flicks which means that his plotted departure remains uncertain. (Photo : Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images) Based on how the Marvel..
(Photo : Getty Images/Ben A. Pruchnie) Ben Mendelsohn during the Rogue One Panel at the Star Wars Celebration 2016 at ExCel on July 15, 2016 in London, England. Rogue One easily to..
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story earned $16.67 million on its second Thursday, bringing its 14-day cume to $375.335m domestic. That means, barring a comparative come down from las..
The updated weekend box office figures are in, and Walt Disney's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has now earned $801.9 million worldwide after just under three weeks of glob..
—The rebels of “Rogue One” continued to rule over the box office this past weekend, with the latest "Star Wars" film coming in at number one for the third time in a row, cementing ..
It took Rogue One: A Star Wars Story a sad and shameful 16 days to pass $400 million domestic. It took two days longer than The Avengers (Gah!), six days longer..
Yesterday was an interesting day for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It is the first day after the holiday blow-out, and thus we were sure to see a major drop in terms of its da..
FILE - This undated image released by Disney shows the character Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, in a scene from the animated movie "Finding Dory." This movie about a forgetful fi..
FILE - This undated image released by Disney shows the character Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, in a scene from the animated movie "Finding Dory." This movie about a forgetful fi..
A forgetful fish, infighting superheroes and some intergalactic rebels led the North American box office in 2016, which, with an estimated $11.2 billion in earnings to date, has be..
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A forgetful fish, infighting superheroes and some intergalactic rebels led the North American box office in 2016, which, with an estimated $11.2 billion in earni..
Rogue One was pretty much predestined to be a hit. At the very least it was going to be the best Star Wars prequel on film. Still, Disney cautiously warned everyone not to get too ..
LOS ANGELES –  A forgetful fish, infighting superheroes and some intergalactic rebels led the North American box office in 2016, which, with an estimated $11.2 billion in earn..
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story continues to dominate the box office, and one of the key characters from the film is making his way back to television. Saw Gerrera, a key character fr..
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” barreled past the $800 mark globally on Monday. The latest Star Wars adventure is the second highest-grossing domestic release of 2016 with $440.9 mi..
New Year’s kicked off with familiar favorites, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Sing,” dominating the domestic box office. Both films have emerged as the biggest hits of the hol..
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Sing” loomed large at the multiplexes over the New Year’s holiday, racking up the biggest grosses and ringing out 2016 on a high note. The Star ..
The former, from Disney and Lucasfilm, earned $18.2 million on Friday from 4,157 locations on its way to over $65.2 million over the four-day holiday weekend. Illumination and..