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hol­ly­wood» It was an in­ter­ga­lac­tic hol­i­day at movie the­aters as “Rogue One” blasted past a spate of new re­leases to re­tain the top spot at the week­end box of­fice.

The “Star Wars” story added an ad­di­tional $96 mil­lion to its cof­fers dur­ing the four-day hol­i­day pe­riod, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates Mon­day.

“The power of the ‘Star Wars’ brand made it the odds-on fa­vorite to be the No. 1 film on Christ­mas week­end de­spite a mas­sive amount of com­pe­ti­tion,” said Paul Der­garabe­dian, se­nior me­dia an­a­lyst for box-of­fice tracker comS­core.

That left the week­end’s many new re­leases in a race for sec­ond place. The an­i­mated an­i­mal mu­si­cal “Sing” claimed that spot, de­but­ing to $56 mil­lion. The Jen­nifer Lawrence-Chris Pratt space tale “Pas­sen­gers” opened in third place with $23.1 mil­lion, fol­lowed by the R-rated com­edy “Why Him?” with $16.7 mil­lion. The video-game adap­ta­tion “As­sas­sin’s Creed” de­buted in fifth place with $15 mil­lion.

“Star Wars” also dom­i­nated the hol­i­day box of­fice last year with “The Force Awak­ens.”

Half a dozen other films ei­ther opened or ex­panded over the hol­i­day week­end. Den­zel Wash­ing­ton’s adap­ta­tion of Au­gust Wil­son’s “Fences” ex­panded on Sun­day, earn­ing $11.37 mil­lion over the four-day week­end, good for sixth place.

Lucasfilm Ltd.

Felic­ity Jones por­trays Jyn Erso in a scene from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

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