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The Rise of Skywalker Takes Down The Grudge and Rises to $919 Million

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Newcomer The Grudge was no match for holdovers like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Jumanji: The Next Level and Little Women over the first weekend of the 2020 box office. Lucasfilm’s The Rise of Skywalker continued its reign for a third weekend in a row with $33.7 million domestically and $50.5 million internationally, for a global weekend of $84.2 million. That brings the film’s North American total to $450.8 million, the overseas total to $468 million, and worldwide sum to $918.8 million after 19 days of release.

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. AbramsThe 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.

Sony Pictures held the next three spots at the weekend box office starting with Jumanji: The Next Level in second place. The sequel added $26.5 million (the same gross as the film’s second weekend) and is up to $236.2 million domestically after four weeks. Internationally, the film added $42.4 million from 64 markets this weekend and has taken in $374 million, for a worldwide total of $610 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 GillanNick Jonas, Awkwafina, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, with Danny Glover and Danny DeVito.

Coming in at No. 3 was Greta Gerwig’s Little Women (Sony), which added $13.6 million and has earned $60 million after two weeks. The film also brought in $9.5 million from six overseas markets this weekend and has an international total of $20.4 million. The $40 million adaptation stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.

Sony’s The Grudge opened in fourth place with an estimated $11.3 million from 2,642 theaters, an average of $4,277 per location. The movie also began its international rollout with $5.8 million from 29 overseas markets. The new film, which cost just $10 million to make, received a rare F CinemaScore from audiences. Directed by Nicolas Pesce, The Grudge stars Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin with Lin Shaye and Jacki Weaver.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen II rounded out the top five with another $11.29 million and has grossed $449.9 million domestically after seven weeks. The international total has reached $875.3 million and the worldwide total is at $1.325 billion. That means the sequel is now the highest-grossing animated film of all time, having passed Frozen ($1.281 billion) and Incredibles 2 ($1.243 billion). Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, Frozen II 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.

Dropping a spot to sixth place was Spies in Disguise (Disney’s 20th Century Fox), which added $10.1 million and has earned $46.7 million after two weeks. With an international total of $42.1 million, the animated film’s worldwide sum is at $88.8 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.

Writer/director Rian Johnson’s whodunnit Knives Out (Lionsgate and MRC) took seventh place with $9 million, to take its six-week total to $130.3 million. 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.

In the eighth spot, A24’s Uncut Gems grossed $7.8 million and the film has brought in $37.8 million after four weeks. From filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie, the crime thriller stars Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, Eric Bogosian, and Judd Hirsch.

Jay Roach’s Bombshell (Lionsgate) remained in ninth place with $4 million and has earned $24.6 million after four weeks of release. The film stars Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, John Lithgow as Roger Ailes, Margot Robbie as Kayla Pospisil, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton as Beth Ailes, Mark Duplass as Douglas Brunt, Rob Delaney, Malcolm McDowell as Rupert Murdoch, and Allison Janney as Susan Estrich.

And dropping two spots to tenth was Universal’s Cats, which added just $2.6 million its third weekend and has made $24.7 million domestically. The international total is at $32.4 million and global sum at $57.1 million. Based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical and directed by Tom Hooper, Cats stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and Francesca Hayward.

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Mirko Parlevliethttp://VitalThrills.com
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded VitalThrills.com to cover movie, TV, video game, music, and theme park news.

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