Saturday, April 20, 2024

Christmas Eve Box Office: “Star Wars” Remains Hot with $20 Mil, “Richard Jewell” Holds Steady, “Cats” Pussyfoots Around


Good weather sent people to the movies on Christmas Eve, mostly.

“Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” did $20 million, a drop off from Monday’s $29 million but not bad. When you think that that’s versus church attendance, the rebels did okay.

As I keep saying, Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” has a steady following. It pulled in $545,000 last night, down just 1 percent from Monday. The attendance is steady, which means word of mouth is very good. Adults looking for something not in space, and not animated, are enjoying this film.

Meantime, “Cats” is pussyfooting around. On Monday the take was $1,370,000, which brought the total close to $8 million. Last night’s numbers are late coming in. But today the competition for eyes ratchets up with “1917,” “Little Women,” and “Just Mercy” all excellent, all demanding our time.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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