Skywalker rise gains below expectations, cats are neutered
Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker debuted first this weekend with $ 176 million in the country, far below the $ 205 million advance projections and up to $ 193 million on Friday. Still, this domestic debut for J.J. Abrams' film is the 12th biggest ever, the 3rd largest of 2019 (after Avengers: Ultimatum and The Lion King) and the 3rd biggest December opening ever. It is the seventh release of Disney in the year to publish an opening weekend of over $ 100 million.
This domestic performance hit neither the opening of The Force Awakens in 2015, at $ 247.9 million, nor the opening weekend of The Last Jedi in 2017, at $ 220 million. The downward trajectory could be a mix of franchise fatigue, mixed criticism of bad or possibly a release date later than December 20 than the previous two Skywalker films, which open December 16 and 13, respectively. The later date meant that the non-dying crowd was busy preparing for the upcoming Christmas holiday, and can watch the movie next week.
Rise of Skywalker also received $ 198 million internationally, with an estimated global debut of $ 374 million. The film grossed $ 35.5 million on 1,455 IMAX screens in 73 markets. This is IMAX's 3rd largest global opening in December and IMAX's 6th largest global opening ever. In North America, gross IMAX was $ 18.4 million, also the third largest domestic IMAX opening in December. International's $ 17.1 million is the second largest international IMAX opening ever in December.
Second, was the sequel to Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level, which grossed $ 26.1 million on its second weekend for a $ 101.9 million home record and $ 311.9 million across the board. the world by reuniting Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan from the 2017 sequel. Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle. This is already a solid performance for the new entry, but it will be a long way to reach the $ 962.1 million of the last movie.
In third place was Disney's Frozen II, which in its fifth week remained stable, with just a 35.5% drop to $ 12.3 million to a domestic total of $ 386 million to a worldwide investment of $ 1.1 billion. The lively sequel is just a strand of surpassing $ 1.27 million worldwide gross revenue in 2013 and is expected to continue to perform very well with families over the holidays.
It was an overwhelming week for Universal's adaptation of the hit musical Cats, which despite a brand, a star-studded cast and an Oscar-winning director in Tom Hooper, grossed $ 6.5 million for fourth place. Poor performance seems to be a combination of terrible reviews, a terrible C + CinemaScore Rating, and criticism of the film's visual effects, which were not helped by reports yesterday that Universal was sending a new version of the movie to theaters today with enhanced visuals. Internationally, Cats received just $ 4.4 million, totaling $ 10.9 million worldwide. Either way, this will be one of the big losers of 2019.
Lionsgate's mysterious comedy Knives Out continued in No. 5 with $ 6.1 million, totaling $ 89.5 million and $ 185.5 million worldwide. Bombshell's other big Lionsgate weekend movie went from 4 to 1480 theaters and ranked sixth, with $ 5 million for Fox News's sexual assault drama.