“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will take its third No. 1 on the box office charts, grossing $34.5 million to bring its domestic total to $453 million after three weekends.While the result was slightly lower that the $40 million result analysts were expecting, the film is still on pace to become Disney’s seventh 2019 release with over $1 billion grossed worldwide. After a global third weekend of $84 million, it sits at $918 million grossed so far.Holiday holdovers completed the rest of the Top 5 except for the first wide release of 2020, Sony/Screen Gems’ “The Grudge.” The Sam Raimi-produced horror film has earned an estimated $11.4 million opening against a $10 million budget, meeting pre-weekend projections. However, it is far below the $39 million opening of the 2004 version of “The Grudge and the $20.8 million opening of its 2006 sequel. It also opened below the $18.2 million start of “Escape Room,” the horror film Sony released in this slot a year ago.Also Read: Box Office Year In Review: Disney Conquers, But Who Else Had a Good 2019?In addition, the film became the 20th release ever to receive an F from CinemaScore audience polls. The last film to receive that grade was Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” in September 2017. Critics also panned the film with a 16% Rotten Tomatoes score.The good news for Sony is that their two December releases, “Jumanji: The Next Level” and “Little Women,” are showing strong holdover numbers. “Jumanji” is second on the charts this weekend with $26.5 million, giving it a $236 million total after four weekends. Globally, the Dwayne Johnson-led blockbuster has passed $600 million worldwide with a total of $610 million.“Little Women” is in third with $13.5 million in its second weekend, giving it a total of $60 million after 12 days in theaters. The film has also grossed $20.4 million from six early international markets, with a release in Brazil and Italy next weekend.Also Read: 'Frozen II' Takes All-Time Animation Box Office Record From the Original 'Frozen'Completing The top 5 is Disney’s “Frozen II,” which today will pass the original “Frozen” to become the highest grossing animated film of all time. The film was released in Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia this weekend, posting the highest openings ever for Disney Animation in those markets. With $53 million grossed worldwide this weekend, “Frozen II” now has a total of $1.325 billion, putting it $75 million away from passing the $1.4 billion global run of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and joining the top 10 all-time list.Finally, the Golden Globe-nominated “Knives Out” is now expected to pass $150 million in domestic grosses after earning $9 million in its sixth weekend to bring its North American total to $130 million. In addition to reaching that mark, it will also pass the domestic run of another 2019 original hit: Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” which grossed $141 million.In anticipation of the Golden Globes, Lionsgate expanded the screen count of both “Knives Out” and fellow contender “Bombshell,” which is now up to a total of $24.6 million after earning $4.1 million this weekend. “Knives Out” earned nominations for Best Comedy or Musical and for lead stars Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas, while “Bombshell” earned acting nominations for stars Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie.Read original story ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Earns $34 Million in 3rd Week at No. 1 at Box Office At TheWrap
Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is completing the extended Christmas box office period with an estimated 5-day total of $135 million, bringing its 10-day domestic total to $361.8 million.After the Skywalker Saga finale earned $32 million on Christmas Day, some industry estimates were projecting that J.J. Abrams’ film could pull ahead of the domestic pace of its predecessor, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” despite having a significantly lower opening weekend. But as the weekend progressed, those estimates were quickly dialed down. “Last Jedi” had a 10-day total of $368 million, and that was before a Christmas Day surge that saw the film’s domestic total rise to $464 million after a full two weeks in theaters.Still, “Rise of Skywalker” took in $72 million for its Friday-to-Sunday second weekend, a 59% drop from its $177 million opening that is consistent with other blockbusters that have opened at that level. Globally, the film now has a total of $725 million with domestic market share still nearly even with an overseas total of $363 million.Also Read: Billie Lourd Pays Tribute to Mom Carrie Fisher on 3-Year Anniversary of Her Death (Video)Taking second is Sony’s “Jumanji: The Next Level,” which is proving to be a strong alternative to “Star Wars” as its distributor had hoped. With a $35.3 million 3-day/$59 million 5-day weekend, the “Jumanji” sequel now has a domestic total of $175 million.Adding to Sony’s big Christmas is the success of Columbia/Regency’s “Little Women,” which opened on Christmas Day on 3,308 screens and took the No. 4 spot on the charts with a $29 million 5-day opening. That beats industry projections for an opening in the low $20 million range and puts Greta Gerwig’s likely Best Picture Oscar contender in strong position to leg out to a domestic total of over $100 million. Word of mouth has been incredibly strong with an A- on CinemaScore and critics and audiences scores on Rotten Tomatoes of over 90%.Also opening this weekend and taking the No. 5 spot is Disney/Fox’s “Spies in Disguise,” which came in slightly below industry projections with a $22 million 5-day opening from 3,502 screens and a $38 million global opening. Reception has been strong for the Blue Sky/Chernin-produced animated film with an A- on CinemaScore and 72% Rotten Tomatoes critics score.Also Read: 'Spies in Disguise' Film Review: Will Smith and Tom Holland Do Espionage in Run-of-the-Mill Animated AdventureHowever, “Spies” is facing competition for families from “Jumanji” and the still surging “Frozen II,” which took in $26 million over the 5-day period to take third on the box office charts. “Frozen II” has now passed the domestic run of the original “Frozen” with $421 million and is $57 million away from passing the global total with $1.21 billion grossed after six weekends.The final big Christmas release of the weekend was “Uncut Gems,” which is setting new records for distributor A24. After providing their studio with a record $105,000 per screen average in its limited opening, the Safdie Brothers crime thriller has earned an $18.8 million 5-day wide opening from 2,348 screens. The film has a total of $20 million and is now expected to become A24’s highest ever domestic grosser, passing the $48.9 million earned by “Lady Bird” in 2017.Among holdovers, Lionsgate had some mixed results with their two current releases, “Knives Out” and “Bombshell.” “Knives Out” is showing strong legs in its fifth weekend, earning $16.6 million over the extended weekend to bring its total to $110 million. “Knives Out” now joins “John Wick: Chapter 3” as Lionsgate’s second $100 million-plus release in 2019 after not having any for the entirety of 2018. The Rian Johnson mystery has also crossed $200 million worldwide thanks to strong performance in China ($27.9 million) and the U.K. ($13.7 million).Also Read: 'Knives Out' Director Rian Johnson and Stars on Chris Evans' Viral 'Eat S-' Moment| Video“Bombshell,” meanwhile, is having a rougher time this weekend thanks mainly to stronger than expected competition from “Little Women” for female moviegoers. The film took in $8.4 million over the 5-day weekend, giving the $32 million production a domestic total of $15.6 million after two weekends. The film still has a chance to leg out in January, especially if stars Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie earn victories at the Golden Globes and help fuel interest.But that’s nothing compared to the struggles facing Universal’s “Cats,” which was removed from the studio’s FYC page earlier this weekend and is set to bomb with $17.8 million domestic and $38.2 million worldwide after two weekends against a $95 million budget before marketing costs.Read original story ‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’ Pulls In $135 Million During Extended Box Office Weekend At TheWrap
It might not have wowed critics, but the latest 'Star Wars' film is still breaking box office records.
Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” has earned the second-highest total ever for a film on Christmas Day, taking in $32 million at the box office, according to industry estimates.That total only trails the Christmas record of $49.3 million earned by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015. It is also 17.5% higher than the $27.5 million earned by “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on Christmas Day, as industry estimates now have the trilogy finale matching or slightly ahead of the pace of Rian Johnson’s installment in North America. The film has also crossed $500 million worldwide after eight days in theaters, as its $516 million running total is almost evenly split between domestic and overseas grosses.From Christmas Day through Sunday, “Rise of Skywalker” is projected to earn a stunning five-day total of $166 million, fueled by family audiences who were not yet on school break and were not present during the film’s $177.3 million domestic opening. With such a result, the film would have a 10-day total of $393 million. “The Last Jedi,” which was scheduled for release so that Christmas Day fell on its 11th day in theaters, grossed $395 million in its first 11 days.Also Read: 'Star Wars': Slain UNCC Student Who Tackled Campus Gunman Immortalized as Jedi MasterBut Disney and Lucasfilm aren’t the only studios having a Merry Christmas. Sony had a strong Christmas Day as well with “Jumanji: The Next Level” and its newly released awards contender, “Little Women.” “Jumanji” took in an estimated $12.5 million on Wednesday and is projected to earn $59 million over the five-day weekend, which would give it a domestic total of $175 million through three weekends. That puts the family blockbuster on pace to become only the fourth non-Disney release in 2019 to gross over $200 million domestically, joining “Joker,” “It: Chapter Two,” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”“Little Women,” meanwhile, was the top new release on Christmas Day with $6.4 million grossed from 3,308 screens. Since its early industry screenings kicked off last month, Greta Gerwig’s take on the Louisa May Alcott novel has earned critical acclaim with a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score, and now audience reception is just as strong with a 5/5 on Postrak and a 94% verified RT audience score. A CinemaScore grade of A or A+ is now expected when it comes in on Friday.Also Read: 'Little Women' Film Review: Greta Gerwig Puts a New Spin on a Beloved TaleWith this start, “Little Women” is now projected to earn a five-day opening of $22 million, meeting pre-holiday projections. The overwhelming word of mouth and likely status as top Oscar contender should give this film long legs through January, with a $100 million-plus domestic run a strong possibility.Also releasing on Wednesday are A24’s crime thriller “Uncut Gems” and Fox/Blue Sky/Chernin’s animated film “Spies in Disguise.” “Uncut Gems,” which stars Adam Sandler and took in $1.1 million in a brief limited release run, grossed $5.8 million on Wednesday from 2,341 screens. “Spies in Disguise,” which Disney pushed back to Christmas after acquiring Fox, grossed $4.8 million from 3,502 screens.Also Read: 'Uncut Gems' Film Review: Adam Sandler Is a Memorable Mess in Safdie Brothers' Wild Ride“Spies in Disguise” is expected to have the highest five-day opening of the wide Christmas releases once families turn out for weekend matinees. The animated film starring Will Smith and Tom Holland is estimated for a $26 million extended launch, meeting pre-release projections. “Uncut Gems” is also expected to meet projections with a $16.5 million five-day wide start.Finally, Universal released DreamWorks Pictures’ Oscar contender “1917” on 11 screens in seven cities on Wednesday, grossing $251,262. The studio now projects a five-day total of $975,000, which would equate to an average of $88,000 per screen. Universal plans to expand the World War I film wide on Jan. 10, three days before the Oscar nominees are announced.Read original story ‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’ Grosses $32 Million, Second Highest Total Ever on Christmas Day At TheWrap
Disney’s “Frozen II” has become the third movie this year to stay No. 1 on the box office charts for three weekends. With an estimated total this weekend of $34 million, it will easily take the top spot over Lionsgate’s “Knives Out” on a weekend that traditionally is a quiet period before the Christmas release period begins in earnest.The two other films that have earned three No. 1s are Universal’s “Glass,” which took advantage of a historically slow period in the early part of this year’s release slate, and “Avengers: Endgame,” which the rest of the industry steered clear of as it became the biggest box office hit ever. Warner Bros.’ “Joker” almost took a third No. 1 in late October, but was edged out by the second weekend of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.”“Knives Out” will take the No. 2 spot for a second weekend, holding well with an estimated $14 million total. That’s down 47% from the $26.7 million the whodunit movie made from Friday to Sunday last weekend, and gives the film an estimated two-weekend total of $63 million.Also Read: 'Frozen II' Breaks Thanksgiving 5-Day Box Office Record With $123.7 MillionAfter “Knives Out,” the effects of the slow early December period can be seen on the charts, with no film grossing above $6.5 million. Fox’s “Ford v Ferrari” and Universal/Makeready’s “Queen & Slim” are in a virtual tie for third with approximately $6.3 million grossed. “Ford v Ferrari” will see its domestic total rise to $91 million after four weekends while “Queen & Slim” rises to $26 million after two weekends.Sony/TriStar’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is in fifth with $5.2 million, giving it a three-weekend total of $43 million. Just below it is Focus Features’ true story drama “Dark Waters,” which is going wide this weekend to 2,012 screens after grossing $1.1 million in a two-weekend limited run. The film has earned a $4.2 million wide opening and an A- from CinemaScore polls, continuing the strong word of mouth that began with the film’s 92% Rotten Tomatoes score.Way down the charts in the No. 13 slot is the sole new release of the weekend, STX’s “Playmobil: The Movie.” With families still flocking to see “Frozen II,” this animated film has gone largely ignored with just an estimated $811,000 opening weekend from 2,337 screens. The good news for STX is that they won’t take a financial hit on this release, as “Playmobil” is a distribution-only deal with marketing costs kept low. The film has a B+ on CinemaScore and a 20% Rotten Tomatoes score.Read original story ‘Frozen II’ Becomes Third 2019 Release to Stay No. 1 at Box Office for Three Weekends At TheWrap
As the Thanksgiving box office heads into the main portion of the weekend, Disney’s “Frozen II” has already crossed $200 million in domestic grosses with an estimated total of $202 million after one week in theaters. The sequel made $14.7 million from 4,440 screens on Thanksgiving Thursday, as industry estimates now have its 5-day weekend total finishing at $130-135 million.Lionsgate/MRC’s “Knives Out” is also performing well as word-of-mouth is helping push its opening weekend estimates well above its original $30 million point. After grossing $6.2 million on Thursday from 3,392 screens, the Rian Johnson mystery has a total of $14.6 million and is estimated to earn a $45 million 5-day opening against a $40 million budget. Critics have praised the film since its Toronto premiere with a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score, and now it has an A- on CinemaScore to go with it.Also Read: The Death of Movie Theaters? Not So FastThird on the Thanksgiving charts is Sony’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” with $3.1 million from 3,325 screens and an estimated $21 million 5-day total. Fox/Chernin’s “Ford v Ferrari” is just behind with $2.9 million from 3,585 screens and an estimated $20 million 5-day total. Completing the top 5 is Universal/Makeready’s “Queen & Slim,” which made $2.3 million on Thursday and is estimated to make $15 million by Sunday against a $20 million budget.Overall, Thanksgiving Day box office totals finished at $35.3 million. While that is down approximately 16% from the $41.9 million total earned during the holiday last year, but consistent with the $35.4 million earned on Thanksgiving Day 2017. Black Friday box office is projected to total $77.5 million, down 7% year over year, while 5-day overall totals are currently estimated for $280 million, which would be down 11% from last year’s record $315 million holiday total but would rank fourth on the all-time charts.Read original story ‘Frozen II’ Adds $15 Million on Thanksgiving, Weekend Estimates at $134 Million At TheWrap
Disney has once again kicked the box office into high gear with the release of “Frozen II,” which earned an estimated $127 million opening from 4,440 screens. But even with that long-awaited revenue boost for movie theaters, the industry is still behind the record pace set last year.This weekend’s other two releases, Sony/TriStar’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and STX’s “21 Bridges,” both did solid openings against their mid-level budgets, but “Frozen II” accounted for roughly 65% of all box office revenue generated this weekend. Total weekend grosses are set at $200 million — the highest they’ve been in a month — but that is still behind the $211 million total earned by this same weekend last year, meaning that annual domestic totals will remain roughly 6.4% behind last year’s pace, as the trend of Disney being the only studio to replicate its 2018 success continues.Also Read: How 'Frozen II' Songwriters Stopped Thinking About 'Let It Go' to Write Songs for the SequelWhile “Frozen II” hasn’t had quite as strong reception as the first “Frozen,” reaction to it is still positive with a 75% Rotten Tomatoes score and 4.5/5 on Postrak. It should be well on its way to a $400 million domestic run, especially with many families waiting to see the film during Thanksgiving weekend. The film stands among the top 5 opening weekends for both animated and November releases and has the largest opening of any animated film released outside the summer.Overseas, “Frozen II” opened No.1 in all 37 markets it was released in and grossed $223 million, including $53 million in China and $31.5 million in Korea. That gives the film a new global animated record opening of $350 million, putting it well on pace to become Disney’s 24th $1 billion release.Thanks to the acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Disney also has a 1-2 finish on the charts this weekend, as “Ford v Ferrari” took the No. 2 spot with $15.5 million in its second weekend. The Chernin-produced racing biopic now has a total of $57.4 million domestic after 10 days in theaters.Also Read: Dear 'Mandalorian' Fans: Buy Baby Yoda Merchandise, You Now CanIn third is “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” which is meeting box office projections with a $13.5 million opening from 3,235 screens. Reception has been overwhelmingly strong with a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score and an A from CinemaScore audience polls. Combine that with a likely Oscar nomination for Tom Hanks, and the pieces are in place for a long, steady theatrical run for this Mister Rogers biopic.“21 Bridges” is fourth with a $9.2 million opening from 2,665 screens. The film, which had a $33 million budget co-financed by MVM Studios and Huayi Brothers with STX, had a B+ on CinemaScore and a 45% Rotten Tomatoes score. Lionsgate’s “Midway” and Paramount’s “Playing With Fire” are in a near-tie for fifth, each grossing an estimated $4.7 million in their third weekend.Down in eighth is Sony’s “Charlie’s Angels,” which bombed last weekend with an $8.35 million opening and fell to $3.1 million in its second weekend for a 10-day total of just $14 million against a $48 million opening.Finally, Lionsgate held early screenings for Rian Johnson’s murder mystery film “Knives Out,” grossing $2 million from 936 screens. The film opens this Wednesday and is projected to earn a $25 million 5-day opening against a $40 million budget. Universal’s “Queen & Slim” will also open during the holiday weekend, with trackers projecting a $12 million 5-day launch against a reported $20 million budget.Read original story ‘Frozen II’ Soars With $127 Million Opening, but Overall Box Office Still Lags Behind 2018 Pace At TheWrap
This weekend’s box office charts were expected to be a log jam among the September releases, but one film has risen clear above the others: Focus Features/Carnival’s “Downton Abbey,” which earned a $31million opening weekend from 3,079 screens.“Downton Abbey” was projected before the weekend for an opening in the high teens and expected to leg out with older audiences well into October. But now it has passed the $23.6 million of “Insidious: Chapter 3” for the highest opening ever for a Focus release, setting it up for possibly an even longer run as a milder alternative to films like “Joker” that come out next month.“Audiences were clearly ready to come back to Downton and visit the Crawleys and all the familiar faces upstairs and downstairs,” said Focus President of Distribution Lisa Bunnell. “At its core, it’s a story about family and audiences, both original fans and newcomers, are uplifted by that laughter and joy of the film.”“We’re thrilled to be a part of something that began nearly 10 years ago with our friends and colleagues at NBC International and Carnival Films, and to have it remain with the NBCUniversal family with us now and do so well is amazing.”With fans of the ITV/PBS series making up the overwhelming majority of its audience, reception has been predictably strong with an A on CinemaScore and a 4.5/5 on Postrak, joining an 85% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes. Audience breakdown was overwhelmingly female at 74%, with 60% over the age of 35.Overseas, the film opened in 15 more countries and took in $10 million, including $3.6 million from the U.K. in its second weekend. It’s global total now stands at $61.8 million.In a virtual tie for second this weekend are the other two new releases, Fox/Disney’s “Ad Astra” and Lionsgate/Millennium’s “Rambo: Last Blood.” Both films are estimated for a $19 million opening, meeting pre-weekend expectations.With an $80 million budget before reshoots, “Ad Astra” is extremely unlikely to match that figure in domestic grosses given its tepid audience reception. While critics praised the film with an 82% RT score, Postrak polls sat at 2.5/5 and CinemaScore surveys yielded a B-, the lowest among this weekend’s new releases.Overseas numbers were somewhat better with $26 million from all international markets except Taiwan, China and Hong Kong, where Disney is not handling distribution. That gives the film a global start of $45 million, 49% ahead of the pace set last year by “First Man,” which grossed $105 million worldwide.A $19 million opening is better for “Rambo: Last Blood,” as it just edges the $18.2 million opening earned by the last “Rambo” released in 2008. The action film was panned by critics with a 30% RT score but did solidly with a B on CinemaScore and an 85% RT verified audience score. Audience demographics were 66% male and 42% men over the age of 30.September holdovers complete the top 5, as STX’s “Hustlers” and Warner Bros./New Line’s “It: Chapter Two” each grossed $17 million. While “Downton Abbey” brought a bit more competition than expected for female moviegoers, “Hustlers” still held well with a drop of just 49% in its second weekend and a 10-day total of $62.5 million. “It: Chapter Two” has a total of $179 million domestic after three weekends and a global total of $385 million.More to come…Read original story ‘Downton Abbey’ Crowned No. 1 at Box Office With $31 Million Opening At TheWrap
'The Fanatic' has been savaged by critics, and John Travolta's latest isn't exactly raking in the dollars over the Labor Day weekend.
The colourful superhero tale 'Shazam!' has ascended to the top of the UK box office in its opening weekend, hitting an excellent £4m.