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A Great Result For Any Other Film


When your movie opens to $177.3M, it’s usually hard to call that a disappointment. But Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker came in at the absolute bottom range of pre-release projections, noticeably below its Saturday weekend estimate, and well below its predecessors’ openings.


Rise opened -28.4% behind the trilogy’s original installment The Force Awakens and -19.3% behind predecessor The Last Jedi. Unadjusted for inflation, Rise is the 12th-biggest opening weekend ever, down from third- and fourth-biggest for Force and Last.


Rise also started near the bottom range of pre-release projections, most of which were around $190M. (On one popular box office prediction website, the lowest that any user predicted was $175M, only slightly below the actual result.)


Lastly, it debuted below the $185M to $195M range suggested by its $90M opening Friday. Indeed, its 1.97x weekend-to-Friday multiple was noticeably lower than 2.08x for Force and 2.10x for Last. This implies poor word of mouth caused a sharp dropoff after opening night.


Globally, the film debuted with $375.3M. That’s -29.0% behind Force and -16.7% behind Last. Unadjusted for inflation, it’s the 17th biggest global opening ever, behind 4th- and 8th-biggest for Force and Last.


America: Not a Cat Person


Universal’s adaptation of hit Broadway musical Cats had no claws at the box office, earning only $6.6M for fourth place. Most pre-release projections predicted about double that, around $12M.


Compared to other recent December musicals, Cats started -24.8% behind The Greatest Showman and -34.6% behind the wide expansion of La La Land.


Yet while many such December musicals have been slow burners which opened low but stayed in theaters for months, ultimately being financially successfully, don’t look for Cats to accomplish the same feat.


The film was so savaged, particularly for its visual effects, that Universal announced it’s taking the unprecedented step of releasing a visually-improved version to theaters beginning next Sunday.


Elsewhere at the Box Office


Lionsgate’s political dramedy Bombshell expanded wide this weekend, earning $5.1M in sixth place. Compared to other recent December political dramedies, it began -32.4% behind Vice and -51.4% behind The Big Short.


Last weekend’s leader, Sony’s fantasy comedy sequel Jumanji: The Next Level dropped -55.9% to second place.


A comparison here isn’t exact, because predecessor Welcome to the Jungle opened one weekend later in the calendar. As a result, its sophomore frame was the post-Christmas weekend, when most films’ earning actually increase. Such was the case with Jungle, which increasing +38.3%, making a comparison of sophomore frames inexact.


Read our interview with Jumanji: The Next Level director Jake Kasdan here.


Limited Releases


A24’s Uncut Gems earned the best per-theater average for a second weekend with $48,246, beating Rise of Skywalker with $40,259. 


Both The Last Jedi with $51,987 and The Force Awakens with $59,982 posted the top per-theater average of their respective opening weekends.


How’d This Weekend Compare?


Total box office this weekend was $247.3M. That’s +110.0% above last weekend and +38.6% above this same weekend last year, when Aquaman led with $67.8M.


The Year So Far


Year-to-date box office stands at $10.78B. That’s -5.3% behind this same date last year, up from -5.7% after last weekend.







Monday’s Weekend Actuals (Domestic)
FRI, DEC. 20 – SUN, DEC. 22

WIDE (1000+)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND
 
LOCATIONS
 
AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
$177,383,864

4,406

$40,260
$177,383,864
1
Disney


2
Jumanji: The Next Level
$26,505,147
-55%
4,227
0
$6,270
$102,316,512
2
Sony Pictures


3
Frozen II
$12,980,927
-32%
3,665
-413
$3,542
$387,214,888
5
Disney


4
Cats
$6,619,870

3,380

$1,959
$6,619,870
1
Universal Pictures


5
Knives Out
$6,503,186
-29%
2,535
-878
$2,565
$89,952,095
4
Lionsgate


6
Bombshell
$5,109,146
1512%
1,480
1476
$3,452
$5,518,427
2
Lionsgate


7
Richard Jewell
$2,583,372
-45%
2,502
0
$1,033
$9,561,031
2
Warner Bros.


8
Queen & Slim
$1,847,230
-48%
1,078
-482
$1,714
$36,595,995
4
Universal Pictures


9
Ford v. Ferrari
$1,846,348
-55%
1,433
-1462
$1,288
$102,007,956
6
20th Century Fox


10
Black Christmas
$1,838,015
-57%
2,625
0
$700
$7,286,665
2
Universal Pictures


11
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
$1,337,366
-59%
1,524
-1331
$878
$52,532,417
5
Sony Pictures




LIMITED (100 — 999)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND
 
LOCATIONS
 
AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Parasite
$481,485
-24%
227
-79
$2,121
$21,226,898
11
NEON


2
Dark Waters
$317,720
-83%
451
-1659
$704
$10,073,329
5
Focus Features


3
A Hidden Life
$246,845
390%
106
101
$2,329
$318,988
2
Fox Searchlight


4
21 Bridges
$230,000
-81%
350
-1183
$657
$27,165,123
5
STX Entertainment


5
Jojo Rabbit
$190,400
-49%
230
-170
$828
$20,397,594
10
Fox Searchlight


6
Last Christmas
$167,175
-64%
274
-342
$610
$34,855,230
7
Universal Pictures


7
Playing with Fire
$160,773
-76%
287
-1094
$560
$43,733,832
7
Paramount Pictures


8
Midway
$158,893
-82%
283
-1136
$561
$55,887,622
7
Lionsgate


9
Joker
$141,192
-70%
201
-352
$702
$333,454,660
12
Warner Bros.


10
Harriet
$108,735
-74%
203
-437
$536
$42,220,265
8
Focus Features


11
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
$108,010
-35%
180
-165
$600
$112,917,684
10
Disney


12
Abominable
$55,755
-25%
146
-13
$382
$60,528,415
13
Universal Pictures


13
Zombieland: Double Tap
$53,556
-36%
120
-42
$446
$72,785,288
10
Sony Pictures


14
Terminator: Dark Fate
$48,887
-63%
120
-130
$407
$62,198,952
8
Paramount


15
Doctor Sleep
$26,202
-68%
101
-87
$259
$31,488,764
7
Warner Bros.




PLATFORM (1 — 99)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND
 
LOCATIONS
 
AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Uncut Gems
$241,431
-55%
5
0
$48,286
$1,019,295
2
A24


2
Honey Boy
$62,900
-74%
85
-302
$740
$2,853,224
7
Amazon Studios


3
The Good Liar
$49,444
-73%
80
-224
$618
$16,818,270
6
Warner Bros.


4
Pain and Glory
$41,732
-14%
44
-13
$948
$3,767,442
12
Sony Pictures Classics


5
The Lighthouse
$38,758
-20%
43
-7
$901
$10,712,453
10
A24


6
Waves
$33,605
-70%
51
-230
$659
$1,533,917
6
A24


7
63 Up
$32,945
-24%
21
1
$1,569
$158,386
4
BritBox


8
Countdown
$30,000
-33%
42
-68
$714
$25,569,747
9
STX Entertainment


9
Charlie’s Angels
$19,633
-64%
39
-69
$503
$17,700,607
6
Sony Pictures


10
No Safe Spaces
$15,691
-85%
35
-130
$448
$1,130,876
9
Atlas Distribution


11
Black and Blue
$12,140
-70%
24
-38
$506
$22,012,729
9
Sony / Screen Gems


12
Arctic Dogs
$11,766
-24%
48
-34
$245
$5,798,940
8
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures


13
Cunningham
$11,133
-40%
4
0
$2,783
$39,426
2
Magnolia Pictures


14
Invisible life
$8,127

2

$4,064
$8,127
1
Amazon Studios


15
En Brazos de un Asesino
$7,492
-89%
24
-136
$312
$411,747
3
Lionsgate / Pantelion Films


16
Judy
$7,446
-61%
26
-20
$286
$23,997,897
13
Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment


17
The Kingmaker
$7,213
-49%
12
-6
$601
$100,161
7
Greenwich Entertainment


18
Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter’s Tale
$6,928
48%
22
16
$315
$99,241
3
Trafalgar Releasing


19
Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
$6,608
-33%
12
-14
$551
$141,059,330
22
Sony Pictures


20
Synonyms
$3,552
-40%
6
-2
$592
$173,739
9
Kino Lorber


21
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
$2,475
-48%
6
-2
$413
$4,235,581
16
Greenwich Entertainment


22
Christ Stopped at Eboli
$1,513
45%
1
0
$1,513
$76,843
38
Rialto Pictures


23
Midnight Family
$1,231
-77%
4
1
$308
$13,241
3
1091


24
The Current War
$1,186
-60%
10
-15
$119
$5,978,673
9
101 Studios


25
Give Me Liberty
$1,045
-3%
3
1
$348
$237,369
18
Music Box Films


26
The Disappearance of My Mother
$1,036
-51%
2
0
$518
$18,323
3
Kino Lorber


27
American Dharma
$996
-15%
3
0
$332
$42,105
8
Utopia


28
Mickey and the Bear
$959
-87%
4
-16
$240
$56,921
6
Utopia


29
Where’s My Roy Cohn?
$921
-25%
2
-3
$461
$704,780
14
Sony Pictures Classics


30
Frankie
$657
-85%
3
-14
$219
$167,169
9
Sony Pictures Classics


31
Edie
$507

1

$507
$69,928
16
Music Box Films


32
Temblores
$439
-67%
2
-3
$220
$17,047
5
Film Movement


33
Chained for Life
$328

1

$328
$17,154
15
Kino Lorber Films


34
Maiden
$320
-67%
3
-1
$107
$3,162,490
26
Sony Pictures Classics


35
Aquarela
$150

2

$75
$301,429
19
Sony Pictures Classics


36
Stuffed
$49
-95%
1
0
$49
$11,363
10
Music Box Films


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