Uncut Gems scores a huge win for A24.
Going into the weekend, Sony estimated Jumanji: The Next Level's (#1) opening weekend at topping out at $35 million. Instead, the adventure sequel earned around $60 million. That's enough to boot Disney's Frozen II (#2) out of first place for the first time since it opened prior to Thanksgiving.
Jumanji: The Next Level's opening box office marks the 13th largest ever for a December opening.
The other two wide releases of the weekend failed to make much of a mark. Warner Bros. opened Richard Jewell (#4), the new film from director Clint Eastwood about the 1996 Olympic bombing. Earning just $5 million after opening in over 2,500 locations, Richard Jewell is now among the top worst openings of all time. And, it wasn't alone.
Universal and Blumhouse opened its remake Black Christmas (#5) and suffered a similar result with just $.4 million from over 2,600 locations.
In limited release, A24's Uncut Gems (#14) blasted onto the scene. With $525,498 from five locations, its per-theater-average of $105,100 is the highest ever for A24 and one of the best of all time. Both Bombshell (#19) and A Hidden Life (#28) also opened in limited release, earning $312,00 and $52,000, respectively.
Leaving the Top Ten are family comedy Playing with Fire (#12), war action film from Roland Emmerich, Midway (#11), and divisive Joker (#15).
Next weekend, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will begin its expected box office reign that should carry on through the New Year. Cats and Spies in Disguise also open.
TOP TEN: (bold signifies a new release)
1. JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL - $60.1 million
2. FROZEN II - $19.1 million
3. KNIVES OUT - $9.25 million
4. RICHARD JEWELL - $5 million
5. BLACK CHRISTMAS - $4.4 million
6. FORD V FERRARI - $4.14 million
7. QUEEN & SLIM - $3.6 million
8. A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD - $3.35 million
9. DARK WATERS - $2 million
10. 21 BRIDGES - $1.19 million
All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.