The Rise of Skywalker’ still slays at box office
“Star Wars” was still rising in the last weekend of the year, while “Little Women” broke big at the box office.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” brought in $72 million for the weekend to remain the top-earning film in North America by light years, according to studio estimates Sunday.
In 10 days of release, it has brought in $362.8 million for Disney, falling just short of the earnings of its predecessor, 2017’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in a comparable span.
“Jumanji: The Next Level,” earned $35.3 million for second place and has tallied a total of $175.5 million through its third weekend of release.
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Director Greta Gerwig’s re-imagining of the American literary classic “Little Women” had a $16.5 million weekend and a five-day total of $29 million since opening on Christmas Day, a major performance for a smaller-audience film with a budget dwarfed by the top two films.
The film starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Laura Dern, scored big with both audiences and critics and is gaining momentum as an awards-season favorite.