News // FOR THE THIRD WEEKEND, 'STAR WARS' TAKES THE TOP SPOT

The Grudge stumbles amid middling reviews.



Worldwide, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (#1) has earned over $900 million after playing for three weeks. Half of that cume is from theatres in North America. Likewise, Disney's other major holiday release, Frozen II (#5), officially became the highest-grossing animated film of all time after hitting the $1.325 billion mark worldwide.


Despite its mediocre reviews, THe Rise of Skywalker has remained a steady box office triumph. The film has only officially been in wide release for 17 days, so its achievements are still worth noting. It should become a $1 billion hit, which would be the seventh film from 2019 to reach those heights.


The Grudge (#4) was the first wide release of 2020 and earned poor reviews from critics and audiences, who gave the film an 'F' CinemaScore. The film still managed to earn $11.3 million, which was enough to boot Frozen II from the Top Five.


Sony's Little Women (#3) continues to be a slow-growing hit. The adaptation from Greta Gerwig earned another $13.57 million for a total North American gross of $60 million. It's expected to cross $100 million by the end of its run.


Leaving the Top Ten is Clint Eastwood's real-life drama, Richard Jewell (#11).


Next weekend, a few other low profile studio films (Underwater and Like a Boss) will hope to fill in the gaps at the box office as an awards season hopeful, 1917 (#16), officially goes into wide release. Warner Bros. will also give Just Mercy (#25) an expansion into wide release.


TOP TEN: (bold signifies a new release)


1. STAR WARS: EPISODE IX - THE RISE OF SKYWALKER - $33.73 million

2. JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL - $26.5 million

3. LITTLE WOMEN - $13.575 million

4. THE GRUDGE - $11.3 million

5. FROZEN II - $11.291 million

6. SPIES IN DISGUISE - $10.084 million

7. KNIVES OUT - $9.025 million

8. UNCUT GEMS - $7.499 million

9. BOMBSHELL - $4.075 million

10. CATS - $2.6 million


All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.

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