After winning Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director for Sam Mendes, Universal Pictures expanded DreamWorks Pictures’ 1917 this weekend into 3,434 theaters, where the film earned $36.5 million in first place. Having opened in limited release on Christmas Day, the film’s domestic total is now $39.2 million. Internationally, the movie added $19.9 million from 30 markets and is up to $21.2 million. The worldwide total has reached $60.4 million worldwide.
1917 received an A- CinemaScore from audiences. The movie stars George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Jamie Parker, Nabhaan Rizwan, Claire Duburcq, with Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
After reigning for three weeks at the box office, Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker dropped to second place with $15.1 million and brought its four-week domestic total to $478.2 million. Internationally, the film added $24.2 million and is up to $511.4 million. That means The Rise of Skywalker has earned $989.6 million worldwide. Opening in 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens ended up with $936.6 million domestically and $1.132 billion internationally, for a worldwide total of $2.068 billion. 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi grossed $620.2 million in North America and $712.4 million overseas, for a global total of $1.333 billion.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, The Rise of Skywalker stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, and Billy Dee Williams.
Coming in at No. 3 was Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level, which added $14 million and has grossed $257.1 million in North America after five weeks. The sequel also brought in $22.6 million this weekend from 65 international markets and has made $414 million overseas, for a global total of $671 million. The previous 2017 film, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, earned $404.5 million domestically and $557.6 million internationally, for a global take of $962.1 million.
Directed by Jake Kasdan, The Next Level stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, with Danny Glover and Danny DeVito.
Just Mercy, which received an excellent A+ CinemaScore from audiences, expanded into 2,375 theaters and has now earned $10.4 million after three weeks. Based on the Bryan Stevenson bestseller, the Destin Cretton-directed film opened in limited release on Christmas Day. It stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson.
Like a Boss, a new comedy starring Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, and Salma Hayek, received a B CinemaScore. Directed by Miguel Arteta, the film also stars Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge, Ari Graynor, Natasha Rothwell, Jessica St. Clair and Karan Soni.
In sixth place, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women (Sony) took in $7.7 million and has earned $74 million domestically after three weeks. With another $8.1 million internationally this weekend, the movie has grossed $33.2 million overseas and an impressive $107 million worldwide. Made for $40 million, the adaptation stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep.
Also opening in theaters was 20th Century Fox’s sci-fi horror film Underwater, starring Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, Vincent Cassel, John Gallagher Jr, Jessica Henwick, Mamoudou Athie and Gunner Wright. Receiving a C CinemaScore, the William Eubank-directed film debuted in seventh place with $7 million. With $7.1 million from overseas, the film has earned $14.1 million worldwide.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen II dropped to eighth place with $5.8 million, for an eight-week domestic total of $459.4 million. Internationally, the sequel brought in another $19.1 million and is up to $912 million, for a global sum of $1.371 billion. Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, the highest-grossing animated film of all time is voiced by Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown, Alfred Molina, Evan Rachel Wood, Martha Plimpton, Jason Ritter, Rachel Matthews, Jeremy Sisto, Ciarán Hinds, and Alan Tudyk.
Writer/director Rian Johnson’s whodunnit Knives Out (Lionsgate and MRC) took the ninth spot with $5.7 million and has now earned $139.6 million after seven weeks. The film has earned $265.4 million at the worldwide box office. Knives Out stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jeaden Martell, and Christopher Plummer.
Rounding out the top 10 was Spies in Disguise (Disney’s 20th Century Fox) with $5.1 million and a total of $54.6 million. With an international take of $60.4 million, the worldwide total for the animated film is at $115 million. Made by Blue Sky Studios, Spies in Disguise features the voices of Will Smith, Tom Holland, Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones, DJ Khaled, and Masi Oka. The film was co-directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane.