Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Box Office: “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” 2nd Biggest Xmas Day, “Richard Jewell” Triples Take, “Little Women” is Big


Everyone went to the movies on Christmas Day.

So many went that “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” scored the second biggest Christmas Day of all time with $32 million. The final chapter of the Skywalkee saga will hit $300 million on Friday or Saturday. Not bad. The fanboys triede to kill it, but “Star Wars” lives.

Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” tripled its daily take and made $1.41 million on Wednesday. Go, go, go. Warner Bros. should be encouraging this enthusiasm. Their “Just Mercy” had a very decent opening, too. These two movies could break WB’s bad luck streak for adult films in 2019. But they need help in the field.

“Little Women” took in $6.5 million on Wednesday. Sony is lowballing its prediction for the five day weekend. But Greta Gerwig’s marvelous adaptation is even better the second time around. Attentions husbands and boyfriends: it’s good. You’ll like it. And it’s a film that will last.

Adam Sandler in “Uncut Gems” made $6 million on Wednesday, the highest daily take ever for an A24 film. Good Xmas counter programming. Chinese food and Sandler.

And “Cats”? Universal. It’s out there. Go see it. It won’t hurt you.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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