Ubisoft’s flagship video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed didn’t have a strong opening during its six day holiday release. The science fiction film only managed to scrape together $22.5 million while movies like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Sing had strong showings during this small window. Given the production budget alone for Assassin’s Creed was around $125 million there’s still a lot of ground to cover if Ubisoft wants to break even.
The domestic distribution chief for Fox, Chris Aronson, believes that the movie will perform well in the international markets. When speaking with Variety, Arson noted that this opening “…exceeded our modeling,” and that the studio will “…be the beneficiaries of a strong holiday play period.”
These are the top 10 box office estimates during the four day holiday season:
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $96.1 million
- Sing – $56.1 million
- Passengers – $23.1 million
- Why Him? – $16.7 million
- Assassin’s Creed – $15 million
- Fences – $11.4 million
- Moana – $10.4 million
- La La Land – $9.7 million
- Office Christmas Party – $7.3 million
- Collateral Beauty – $7.1 million
Given Assassin’s Creed’s failed critical reception, it will be interesting to see if this title manages to recover once released overseas. Given Ubisoft is already set on releasing a live action version of Watch Dogs, the poor reviews and sales numbers of Assassin’s Creed could affect this film’s production. Clearly, Assassin’s Creed is having trouble sticking the landing to its leap of faith.