News // 'STAR WARS' TAKES THE TOP SPOT, AGAIN; 'LITTLE WOMEN' SOARS

And, Uncut Gems gave A24 one of its best wide releases ever.



The holiday week/weekend was one to celebrate as newcomer Little Women (#3) and limited-release-turned-wide-release Uncut Gems (#7) opened to hefty first-week numbers, breaking a few records along the way. And, Disney continued celebrating as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (#1) won its second weekend in a row.


Star Wars did lessen its impact, only earning $72 million in its second weekend. Globally, the film has netted just over $725 million.


One of the weekend's biggest successes is Sony's Little Women, from writer/director Greta Gerwig. The newest adaptation to Louisa May Alcott's American classic novel earned $16.52 million over the three-day weekend and $29 million for the five-day opening. The film debuted on Christmas Day. Receiving an A- CinemaScore, the film has also garnered highly favorable reviews, so it should have long legs into the remainder of awards season.


Uncut Gems also landed surprise numbers as it opened wide across the country. The Adam Sandler-starring thriller earned $18.86 million throughout the five-day holiday weekend. That marks the highest five-day performance of any A24 release in the studio's history.


Opening wide to less fanfare than a typical animated release was Spies in Disguise (#5). The only new family film to open for the holiday earned $13.5 million over the weekend, and $22 million since Christmas Day.


In limited release, Sam Mendes's 1917 (#15) found $1 million from 11 theaters across the country. Warner Bros. opened Just Mercy (#24) in four locations in New York and Los Angeles, earning $229,000 in the five days since Christmas. Sony Classics opened The Song of Names (#28) to ten theaters, taking in $41,000 in its first weekend. And, Neon released Clemency (#29) to two theaters, bringing about $37,000 in five days.


Leaving the Top Ten this weekend are drama Queen & Slim (#12), horror film Black Christmas (#14), and Oscars-hopeful Ford v Ferrari (#11).


Next weekend, Sony opens horror film The Grudge to over 2,500 locations. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will also host the Golden Globes on Sunday. We'll see how any awards wins will shape the box office success for awards season favorites.


TOP TEN: (bold signifies a new release)


1. STAR WARS: EPISODE IX - THE RISE OF SKYWALKER - $72 million

2. JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL - $35.3 million

3. LITTLE WOMEN - $16.525 million

4. FROZEN II - $16.5 million

5. SPIES IN DISGUISE - $13.2 million

6. KNIVES OUT - $9.725 million

7. UNCUT GEMS - $9.55 million

8. CATS - $4.83 million

9. BOMBSHELL - $4.7 million

10. RICHARD JEWELL - $3 million


All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.

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