In a much needed year-end gift for Hollywood after a disappointing year at the box office, moviegoers embraced some of the new movies over Christmas.
Sony had 3 notable Christmas wins: Jumanji: The Next Level, which came in #2 with 5-day earnings of $59-M for a domestic take of $175.5-M Overseas, Jumanji 2 grossed another $61.6-M for a worldwide tally of $771.5-M.
Sony and New Regency’s Little Women adaptation opened Christmas posting a 5-day debut of $29-M, well ahead of projections. Little Women skewed female and older, with more than 50% the audience over 35.
Little Women placed # 4in North America behind Rise of Skywalker, Jumanji 2 and Walt Disney Animation’s box-office hit Frozen 2, which earned another $16-M+ for the 5 days and finish Sunday with a North American total of $420-M, the sequel, with a worldwide tally of $1.217-B, and may soon pass up the 1st Frozen’s global tally of $1.274-B
Director Tom Hooper’s Cats debuted to $6.6-M last weekend. Universal and Working Title were hopeful that the family friendly musical would pick up as the holiday unfolded, but did not happen, charting at #8 for the frame.
Children and families went for Christmas Day opener Spies in Disguise, an animated kids pic voiced by Will Smith and Tom Holland. The Fox and Disney release, produced by Chernin Entertainment, posted a 5-day debut of $22.1-M for a 5th-place finish and $38.1-M worldwide.
Debuting nationwide on 25 December was A24’s Uncut Gems, starring Adam Sandler. The male-fueled dramedy came #7 with a 5-day gross of $18.8-M despite getting hammered with a C+ Cinemascore.
Knives Out jumped the $100-M mark domestically and $200-M globally came in at #6 for the 5-day holiday with $9.7 million for Lionsgate, MRC and T-Street. The movie’s global haul through Sunday is $214-M.
Lionsgate and Jay Roach’s Fox News drama Bombshell, which expanded nationwide last weekend, was soft in its 2nd frame with $4.7-M for a domestic tally of $15.6-M, coming in at #9.
Clint Eastwood’s new film, Richard Jewell finished Sunday with a 10-day domestic total of $16.1-M.
In select cities, Bombshell and Richard Jewell faced competition for adults from Sam Mendes’ World War I epic 1917 and Just Mercy, the 2 films launched Wednesday in 11 and 4 theaters, respectively.
From Amblin and Universal, 1917 posted an impressive 5-day location average of $91,636 or more after securing an A CinemaScore.
Warner Bros.’ Just Mercy, landing an A+ CinemaScore, reported a pleasing location average of $57,000
Have some fun, see a movie this week.