BOX OFFICE REPORT
January 3-5, 2020
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker||$33.7 million|
|Jumanji: The Next Level||$26.5 million|
|Little Women||$13.5 million|
|The Grudge||$11.3 million|
|Frozen II||$11.2 million|
With the start of a new decade, audiences still opted for the old ways. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker fell 53 percent, but that was still more than enough to remain No. 1 for a third weekend. The oft-discussed trilogy closer has now earned $450 million domestically, putting it at No. 3 among 2019 releases, behind Avengers: Endgame and The Lion King. And yes, that now gives Disney all of the top six and seven of the top 10 movies for the year. A monopoly we'll hopefully not see again for a while.
Jumanji: The Next Level is still dragging behind its predecessor. It's certainly a big hit, but any hopes of passing $400 million are long gone. Little Women has proven to be the big prestige hit of the holiday season. Greta Gerwig's version of the Louisa May Alcott novel has passed $60 million and could get a boost next week depending on how many Oscar nominations it picks up.
The Grudge remake/reboot/sequel was the lone new film opening this weekend. The film got trashed by critics and audiences alike (picking up a rare F CinemaScore), but has already surpassed its budget. It was a win-win for Sony, even if they were hoping for an opening closer to the $40 million the first American remake opened with back in 2004. It barely beat the seventh weekend for Frozen II, which is now the highest-grossing animated film of all time in North America.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: 1917, which managed an astonishing $53,636 on 11 screens in its second weekend of limited release. This film goes wide on Friday.
- Knives Out continues to win over audiences. The film has passed $130 million, making it one of only three films in the top 20 not based on pre-existing material. (The others are Us and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.)
- Cats continues to use up all its nine lives. It's already dropped to 10th place and hasn't even crossed $25 million.
1917 and Just Mercy expand after successful limited runs, taking on Like a Boss and Underwater. Nothing will be able to stop Star Wars for a fourth week at the top, but look for 1917 to make a run for it with $22 million. All the rest will make less than $10 million.