Weekend Box Office (December 27 - 29, 2019)
by Sujit Chawla
THIS WEEKEND The final frame of the year/decade went to Disney's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker which fell 59.4% in its second weekend to an estimated $72M bringing its domestic total up to $361.8M. It's a fairly steep decline but better than 2017's The Last Jedi which fell 67.5% in its second weekend where its total stood at $368.1, a scant $7M more than where Rise of Skywalker currently stands. Overseas Skywalker added an additional $94.3M for an international total of $363M and a worldwide total of $725M.
In second place for a second straight weekend was Jumanji: The Next Level which jumped 33% from last weekend to an estimated $35.4M, bringing its total up to $175M after three weekends. I presume there will be another level coming soon.
Sony's Little Women launched itself into the Oscar race with an estimated $16.5M debut this weekend from 3,308 theaters for a per screen average of $4,995. Its total stands at $29M after a Christmas Day opening. Critics are over the moon for the film while paying audiences gave the film an A- CinemaScore. Good word-of-mouth and serious awards buzz could have this playing well into the new year.
Disney returns again with Frozen II which also saw a jump from last week adding an additional $16.5M this weekend, according to estimates, bringing its cume up to $421.3M after six weeks. Internationally it has taken in just under $800M for a worldwide bonanza of $1.21B. It is within shouting distance of the original film which ended its run with $1.27B.
Debuting in fifth place was the animated Spies in Disguise which managed to pull in an estimated $13.2M from 3,502 theaters for a per screen average of $3,769. Its total is at $22M over its 5-day opening. Critics were mostly positive while audiences gave the film an A- CinemaScore.
Knives Out continued its strong run jumping a whopping 50% from last weekend to an estimated $9.7M bringing its cume up to $110.2M for Lionsgate. Studio A24 has one of their biggest hits on their hands with Adam Sandler's Uncut Gems which went into wide release this weekend and took in an estimated $9.5M bringing its total up to $20M. However a CinemaScore of only a C+ does not bode well for the future, even though critics are raving about the film.
Speaking of dim futures, Universal's Cats fell 27% in its second weekend, despite releasing a new version of the film into theaters. It took in a paltry $4.8M, according to estimates, bringing its total up to $17.8M. Bombshell took ninth place with an estimated $4.7M bringing its total up to $15.6M. And Richard Jewell went up a few ticks and took in $3M this weekend, according to estimates, bringing its disappointing total up to $16M.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $185.3M which was up 12% from last year when Aquaman remained at number one with $52.1M; and up 7% from 2017 when Star Wars: The Last Jedi remained on top with $52.5M in its third weekend.
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Last Updated: December 29, 2019 at 6:30PM ET
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