Lucasfilmâ€™s â€œStar Wars: The Rise of Skywalkerâ€ has earned the second-highest total ever for a film on Christmas Day, taking in $32 million at the box office, according to industry estimates.
That total only trails the Christmas record of $49.3 million earned by â€œStar Wars: The Force Awakensâ€ in 2015. It is also 17.5% higher than the $27.5 million earned by â€œStar Wars: The Last Jediâ€ on Christmas Day, as industry estimates now have the trilogy finale matching or slightly ahead of the pace of Rian Johnsonâ€™s installment in North America. The film has also crossed $500 million worldwide after eight days in theaters, as its $516 million running total is almost evenly split between domestic and overseas grosses.
From Christmas Day through Sunday, â€œRise of Skywalkerâ€ is projected to earn a stunning five-day total of $166 million, fueled by family audiences who were not yet on school break and were not present during the filmâ€™s $177.3 million domestic opening. With such a result, the film would have a 10-day total of $393 million. â€œThe Last Jedi,â€ which was scheduled for release so that Christmas Day fell on its 11th day in theaters, grossed $395 million in its first 11 days.
But Disney and Lucasfilm arenâ€™t the only studios having a Merry Christmas. Sony had a strong Christmas Day as well with â€œJumanji: The Next Levelâ€ and its newly released awards contender, â€œLittle Women.â€ â€œJumanjiâ€ took in an estimated $12.5 million on Wednesday and is projected to earn $59 million over the five-day weekend, which would give it a domestic total of $175 million through three weekends. That puts the family blockbuster on pace to become only the fourth non-Disney release in 2019 to gross over $200 million domestically, joining â€œJoker,â€ â€œIt: Chapter Two,â€ and â€œSpider-Man: Far From Home.â€
â€œLittle Women,â€ meanwhile, was the top new release on Christmas Day with $6.4 million grossed from 3,308 screens. Since its early industry screenings kicked off last month, Greta Gerwigâ€™s take on the Louisa May Alcott novel has earned critical acclaim with a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score, and now audience reception is just as strong with a 5/5 on Postrak and a 94% verified RT audience score. A CinemaScore grade of A or A+ is now expected when it comes in on Friday.
With this start, â€œLittle Womenâ€ is now projected to earn a five-day opening of $22 million, meeting pre-holiday projections. The overwhelming word of mouth and likely status as top Oscar contender should give this film long legs through January, with a $100 million-plus domestic run a strong possibility.
Also releasing on Wednesday are A24â€™s crime thriller â€œUncut Gemsâ€ and Fox/Blue Sky/Cherninâ€™s animated film â€œSpies in Disguise.â€ â€œUncut Gems,â€ which stars Adam Sandler and took in $1.1 million in a brief limited release run, grossed $5.8 million on Wednesday from 2,341 screens. â€œSpies in Disguise,â€ which Disney pushed back to Christmas after acquiring Fox, grossed $4.8 million from 3,502 screens.
â€œSpies in Disguiseâ€ is expected to have the highest five-day opening of the wide Christmas releases once families turn out for weekend matinees. The animated film starring Will Smith and Tom Holland is estimated for a $26 million extended launch, meeting pre-release projections. â€œUncut Gemsâ€ is also expected to meet projections with a $16.5 million five-day wide start.
Finally, Universal released DreamWorks Picturesâ€™ Oscar contender â€œ1917â€ on 11 screens in seven cities on Wednesday, grossing $251,262. The studio now projects a five-day total of $975,000, which would equate to an average of $88,000 per screen. Universal plans to expand the World War I film wide on Jan. 10, three days before the Oscar nominees are announced.
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