Skywalker’s rise is holding at #1!
Director J.J. Abrams‘ second time playing with George Lucas‘ action figures got blasted by 59% from last weekend’s opening for a ten-day domestic total of $361.7 million — now more than halfway to THE LAST JEDI’s $620 million domestic finish and over one-third of the way to the record-holding $936 million domestic total for THE FORCE AWAKENS.
The PG-13 conclusion of the third trilogy in the monumental space opera is currently the seventh highest-grossing domestic release of 2019, floating between SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME ($390 million) and the live-action ALADDIN ($355 million).
The purported finale to the nine-movie Skywalker saga (also the most expensive chapter in the franchise at an estimated cost of $275 million) has a worldwide total of $724.7 million.
On its third weekend in theaters, the adventure sequel JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL stayed in second place with $35.3 million — a jump of 33% over last weekend’s business.
Director Jake Kasdan‘s PG-13 action-comedy with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black has a domestic total of $175.4 million and a worldwide total of $471.4 million, on a reported cost of $125 million.
In third place was the new PG-rated period drama LITTLE WOMEN with $16.5 million for the weekend.
The Sony-released coming-of-age story (which has previously been adapted a dozen times for film and TV) from LADY BIRD director Greta Gerwig cost a reported $40 million.
Critics adored the most recent version of the March sisters and their post-Civil War lives, giving it a 95% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 91 on Metacritic. Court the JoBlo review right HERE.
Disney’s animated sequel FROZEN II was in fourth place with $16.5 million on its sixth weekend. The PG-rated fairy tale musical has accumulated a domestic total of $421.7 million to surpass the $400 million of the first FROZEN, while its current $1.21 billion worldwide total is narrowing in on the 2013 original’s $1.27 billion finish.
Opening in fifth place was the new animated family feature SPIES IN DISGUISE with $13.2 million for the weekend.
The PG-rated comedy, with Will Smith‘s skilled secret agent dealing with a sudden transformation into a pigeon, has a domestic total of $22 million since its Christmas Day start.
Writer-director Rian Johnson‘s A-list murder mystery KNIVES OUT was in sixth place with $9.7 million, taking the $40 million crime-comedy to a domestic total of $110.2 million and $205.8 million worldwide after five weekends.
Stepping onto the list in seventh place was the R-rated New York thriller UNCUT GEMS with $9.5 million as it expanded from limited release to more than 2300 locations on Christmas Day.
In eighth place was director Tom Hooper‘s PG-rated musical CATS with $4.8 million, shedding 27% of business from its debut last weekend. Universal’s $95 million adaptation of the feline Broadway show has a ten-day domestic total of $17.8 million and $38.4 million worldwide.
The R-rated Fox News drama BOMBSHELL was in ninth place with $4.7 million, dipping by 8% from its wide expansion last weekend. The fact-based story with Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie has a domestic total of $15.6 million on a reported cost of $32 million.
Closing out the list was director Clint Eastwood‘s R-rated drama RICHARD JEWELL with $3 million over its third weekend, giving the fact-based Warner Bros. release a domestic total of $16 million on a reported $45 million cost.
Presented as if filmed in a single take, the R-rated war story following a pair of young British soldiers cost a reported $90 million. Criitics applauded the immersive technical achievement, giving the movie a 90% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 80 (the JoBlo review is HERE).
Next weekend allows the existing lineup to continue their battle, with the horror reboot THE GRUDGE as the only new contender.
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