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Sam Mendes’ World War I epic 1917 captured the box office battlefield with $36.5-M at the weekend, 1 of the best nationwide starts ever for the month of January and way ahead of projections.
The victory came in the wake of the movie’s Top Golden Globe wins on 5 January for best motion picture for a drama and best director, along with word of mouth generated by the film’s limited run in selected theaters.
Overseas, 1917 posted strong numbers on the eve of Monday’s Oscar nominations, earning $19.9-M from its 1st 30 markets for an early foreign tally of $21.1-M and $60.4-M globally.
The film received an A- CinemaScore and drew an audience that was 60% male and skewed older, 1917 cost Amblin a reported $90-M to produce before marketing; partners included New Republic Pictures and eOne.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker fell to # 2 in its 4th weekend with $15-M as it prepares to join the billion-dollar club globally. The Disney and Lucasfilm pic grossed another $24.2-M offshore for a worldwide cume of $989.6-M
Jumanji: The Next Level followed with $14-M in its 5th frame for a domestic tally of $257.1-M and $414-M overseas, including $22.6-M for the weekend. The sequel’s worldwide total stands at $671.1-M.
Paramount’s Like a Boss had to settle for 4th place in its debut with $10-M. The 1st studio R-rated comedy of Y 2020 tells the tale of 2 best friends whose beauty company is targeted by a cosmetics titan. Audiences gave it a B CinemaScore. Roughly 60% of ticket buyers were female, while 64% were age 18 to 34.
Warner Bros. is reporting a $10-M weekend for the legal drama Just Mercy, it received an A+ Cinemascore. Almost 50% of ticket buyers were 50 and older, while 60% were female.
Little Women came in at #6 with another $7.7-M for a domestic total of $74-M. The Sony pic has crossed the $100-M worldwide mark after finishing Sunday with an early foreign total of $33.2-M.
Underwater debuted to an estimated $7-M for Chernin Entertainment and financing partner TSG and is sure to lose money.
Underwater is the second high-profile miss in a row for director Stewart, following Charlie’s Angels.
Knives Out followed at #8 with $5.7-M for $139.6-M domestically and $265.4-M worldwide.
Frozen 2 came in 9th domestically, finished Sunday with $1.371-B in global ticket sales to become the # 11 movie of all time
Fox and Disney’s Christmas animated pic Spies in Disguise rounded out the Top 10 with $5.1-M for a global tally of $115-M in a win for Blue Sky Studios. Chernin Entertainment produced.
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