Thursday, May 30, 2024

New Year’s Eve Box Office: “Star Wars” Crosses $400 Mil Today As It Slows Down, “Richard Jewell” Posts Another Mil


“Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker” will cross $400 million today. But it’s slowing down. At this rate, “Rise of Skywalker” will have a longer slog to $500 million domestically. This weekend will be key to its ultimate place on all time lists for box office.

Right now, “Rise” stands at $775 million worldwide. On the all time list of domestic films, “Rise of Skywalker” stands at number 38.

Meantime, Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” added another $1 million to the slow but steady till. By Sunday they could be at $22 million.

But it’s not an easy go for mid level movies. Audiences are clearly choosing “Little Women” over “Bombshell” in the race between movies with predominantly female casts. “Bombshell” — a terrific film — has been handled strangely, to say the least, by Lions Gate. On Monday they had a SAG screening in…Brooklyn!

Tomorrow, they’re having one in LA’s Brooklyn, Sherman Oaks. Luckily on Saturday (this Saturday) director Jay Roach and star Charlize Theron will do a Q&A following a screening at the AMC Century City. The movie is about Fox News, headquartered in New York, and they had no premiere here.


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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