BOX OFFICE REPORT
January 10-12, 2020
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker||$15 million|
|Jumanji: The Next Level||$14 million|
|Like a Boss||$10 million|
|Just Mercy||$10 million|
After two strong weeks in limited release, and a Best Picture win at the Golden Globes, 1917 dominated the box office this weekend. Adding more than 3,400 screens, the World War I epic took the top spot with an estimated $36.5 million. The film is sure to pick up a slew of Oscar nominations this week and should have an excellent run over the next month, thanks to especially weak competition.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker finally fell to second place after only three weeks on top. It's nearing half a billion dollars domestically, and it may surpass Rogue One. But it will still be the weakest film in this trilogy critically and commercially. Jumanji: The Next Level is also performing below its predecessor. $300 million seems out of reach.
Like a Boss was one of two true new releases, and it managed a meager $10 million. That's way off from previous highlights for Tiffany Haddish (like Girls Trip) and Rose Byrne (like Neighbors). It practically tied with the expansion of Just Mercy. That $10 million opening is actually the best Warner Bros. has done for any movie that didn't involve clowns. Their 2019 really was that dismal.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Korean action flick Ashfall, about a group of people trapped near the Chinese-North Korean border when a volcano erupts. The film averaged $8,658 on its pair of screens.
- Underwater was sunk almost immediately. The Kristen Stewart-led creature feature earned just $7 million on an $80 million budget.
- It wasn't a high bar to clear, but Terrence Malick's A Hidden Life has outgrossed his two previous features (both of which featured major movie stars) combined, clearing $1.5 million.
Cats was only a month ago, but we're already getting another world-class disaster featuring talking animals. The oft-delayed Dolittle, featuring Robert Downey, Jr. sporting a terrible Welsh accent, finally opens. Anything more than $10 million would be absolutely shocking. And there's no telling how Bad Boys for Life will perform. Its predecessor opened nearly 17 years ago and was a big commercial hit despite getting absolutely savage reviews (which in my opinion were absolutely deserved). At this point, does anyone care? Will Smith hasn't had a major hit as the true lead of a film since Men in Black 3. I'll split the difference and guess $20 million worth of tickets from the morbidly curious.