The first moviegoing weekend of the decade predictably kicked off with more Disney domination as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Force-grabbed an estimated $33.7 million. That’s a dip of -53% to kick off its third week of release. The film’s domestic haul has now officially surpassed $450 million in just 17 days. Worldwide, Skywalker boasts over $918 million and will soon become Mickey’s seventh film of 2019 to gross over $1 billion.
Jumanji: The Next Level won second place in its fourth week of release, scoring an additional $26.6 million. It’s domestic haul now totals $236.2 million. Globally, The Next Level has reached $610 million and still has markets yet to open in. Though it’s still pacing behind its predecessor, it’s still holding strong a month later.
Sony’s Little Women adaptation wrote up a third place victory over the weekend, bringing home an additional $13.5 million. Its domestic cume now stands at $60 million. Worldwide, Little Women is looking at a total exceeding $80 million. Not too bad for a reported production budget of $42 million.
Sony also possessed the fourth slot of the weekend with The Grudge, the first new film of the year and the decade to land in the top five at the box office with $11.3 million. That’s an alright performance for a film with a reported $10 million production budget. Then there is the fact that Sony hardly promoted the damn thing. Internationally, The Grudge saw just an extra $5.8 million, though it still has yet to open in some major markets. The Sam Raimi-produced project became just the 20th film in history to score the infamous “F” CinemaScore, which does not bold well for its theatrical run.
Disney sandwiched the top five with Frozen II, which thawed out an additional $11.3 million. Domestically, its total sits just shy of $450 million. At the global box office, the highly-anticipated sequel currently boasts an astonishing $1.325 billion. Some outlets are incorrectly reporting that this is enough to hand Frozen II the title of highest-grossing animated film worldwide. This is only true if you do not count the 2019 remake of The Lion King, which rules over a $1.656 million global take and is technically an animated movie because it was rendered in computers.
Disney had a unprecedented year in film in 2019. It totaled over $10 billion in ticket sales and 1 out of every 3 tickets sold at the box office during the calendar year was for a Disney-owned property. It’s the kind of success that has never been seen before and won’t be seen again for a very long time.
That is the breakdown of the top five films at the box office this past weekend. What do you think of the results? Do any of them surprise you? Jump down to the comments below and let me know your thoughts!