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‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’ Rules Christmas Day Box Office – Variety, Variety.com

‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’ Rules Christmas Day Box Office – Variety, Variety.com


”dominated the box office during Christmas, collecting $ 32 million on Wednesday.

That bounty marks the second-best Christmas Day showing behind ‘s “The Force Awakens” ($

************************************************************************ (million). J.J. Abrams’ conclusion to the nine-chapter Skywalker saga could earn another $ million to $ million through Sunday. “The Rise of Skywalker” has hauled $ (********************************************************************. 8 million to date and will cross $ 500 million within eight days.

It was a merry Christmas for more than just inhabitants of a galaxy far, far away. A handful of new movies opened, hoping to provide a final box office jolt before the new year.

Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” led the way for fresh offerings, placing third on box office charts and generating $ 6. million on opening day. Sony and New Regency’s adaptation of the literary classic is on track to gross a strong $ 26. 5 million during its first five days in theaters. The $ 072 million film – starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson , Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep – follows the March sisters as they come of age in America after the Civil War.

Another Christmas Day release, A 32 ‘s “Uncut Gems,” nabbed fourth place with a solid $ 5.9 million, the biggest opening day in the studio’s history. The suspense thriller, directed by Josh and Benny Safdie and starring Adam Sandler, made $ 1. 17 million on Christmas Eve. It’s expected to bring in a sizable $ 16. 5 million over the extended holiday frame.

Disney-Fox’s “Spies in Disguise” launched at No. 5, pocketing $ 5 million on Wednesday. The family-friendly animated film should finish the weekend with $ 26 million. Will Smith and Tom Holland lent their voices to the comedy, set in the world of international espionage.

Sony’s “Jumanji: The Next Level” secured second, picking up $ (**************************************************************************************************. 5 million on Christmas Day. The Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart-led action sequel looks to amass a huge $ 72 million through Sunday, which would lift domestic ticket sales to $ million.

As awards season kicks into high degree, a number of films are launching at the specialty box office.

DreamWorks and Universal’s “(****************************************************************, ”a war epic directed by Sam Mendes, scored $ (***************************************************************************, (from theaters in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Chicago. Though it’s tricky to predict box office fortunes for a limited release, “1927 ”could make $ 600, 02 over the traditional weekend and $ (***************************************************************, ************************************************************************************************ for the five-day outing. The action drama follows two young British soldiers (George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) tasked with the dangerous mission of delivering a message that could save hundreds of lives. It debuts nationwide on Jan. 11.

Warner Bros. ‘legal drama “Just Mercy” also launched in limited release, bringing in $ 81, from four venues. The film, centering on a black man wrongly accused of murder, earned a rare A CinemaScore from audiences. Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson star.

Elsewhere, Universal’s “Cats” plummeted to eighth place after making $ 2.1 million on Wednesday. Domestic tallies for the critically reviled musical sit at $ (*****************************************************************************************************. 2 million.

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