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Rogue One keeps firm grip on box-office top spot

Rogue One, the latest chapter in the Star Wars intergalactic saga, kept a firm grip on the box-office top spot for a third straight week, industry estimates for North America showed on Sunday.

The Disney film, the first stand-alone episode in the eight-film series, follows the mission of rebel alliance fighters trying to steal plans to the Empire's feared Death Star.

At this point in the three-day New Year's holiday weekend, Rogue One has taken in US$49.7 million (S$72 million) in US and Canadian theatres, bringing its three-week total to US$441 million, Exhibitor Relations reported.

Universal's animated musical Sing was the runner-up for a second straight week, with a US$41.4 million take so far this weekend and an accumulated total of $177.3 million.

The Sony sci-fi thriller Passengers maintained its third-place position, though far behind the two leaders, with a $16.1 million take in its second week, for total revenues of $61.4 million. - AFP

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