Star Wars 'Rogue One' maintains stellar course at box office

The latest blockbuster installment of the "Star Wars" saga dominated box offices in North America for a second weekend straight, according to early holiday estimates released Sunday.

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British actress Felicity Jones (C) poses with cast memebers upon arrival at the UK launch event of Lucasfilm's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", at the Tate Modern in central London on December 13, 2016 play

British actress Felicity Jones (C) poses with cast memebers upon arrival at the UK launch event of Lucasfilm's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", at the Tate Modern in central London on December 13, 2016

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British actress Felicity Jones (C) poses with cast memebers upon arrival at the UK launch event of Lucasfilm's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", at the Tate Modern in central London on December 13, 2016 play

British actress Felicity Jones (C) poses with cast memebers upon arrival at the UK launch event of Lucasfilm's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", at the Tate Modern in central London on December 13, 2016

(AFP/File)

The latest blockbuster installment of the "Star Wars" saga dominated box offices in North America for a second weekend straight, according to early holiday estimates released Sunday.

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" raked in $71.55 million Friday-Sunday, Exhibitor Relations said, bringing its total bounty for the region to $293 million.

Cinemas in the United States and Canada saw a slew of new movies open over the Christmas holiday weekend.

"Sing," an animated musical comedy featuring the voices of several A-listers including Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, burst into second place with $35 million.

The third spot went to "Passengers," a sci-fi fantasy starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, who play two astronauts accidentally awakened from hibernation on a deep-space mission. It pulled in $14.3 million.

Claiming fourth was "Assassin's Creed," which took in $10.3 million, based on the eponymous video game.

At number five was "Why Him?" about a dad feuding with his daughter's boyfriend, which opened with $9.8 million.

That means "Moana," a computer-animated musical fantasy about a brave Polynesian teenager, slipped to sixth place from number two, pulling in another $6.5 million.

The film had previously topped the box office for three weekends and has now grossed $179.5 million to date.

Opening at number eight was "Collateral Beauty," a sentimental drama featuring Will Smith. It managed to pull in $3.6 million.

The number nine spot went to Hindi-language sports drama "Dangal," which opened with $3.3 million.

Rounding out the top 10 was "Manchester by the Sea," down from sixth place a week before. It pulled in $3.1 million, bringing its haul to $20 million.

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