Sam Mendes’ World War I action thriller “1917” won the box-office this weekend, the acclaimed film and Golden Globe winner pulling in a stellar $36.5 million weekend – one of the best nationwide starts for the month of January. Overseas, “1917” also scored well with $19.9 million from its first 30 markets.
Mendes’ film knocked “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” from its perch, pushing it to No. 2 in its fourth weekend with $15 million and bringing its total to $989.6 million. “Jumanji: The Next Level” was third with $14 million in its fifth outing for a worldwide total of $671.1 million.
The widely panned Tiffany Haddish R-rated comedy “Like a Boss” opened in fourth with $10 million, neck-and-neck with the well-reviewed “Just Mercy” which was fifth with also around $10 million, and “Little Women” was sixth with $7.7 million for a strong domestic total of $74 million.
The biggest bomb this weekend was the Kristen Stewart-led action film “Underwater,” the $50 million sci-fi thriller taking in an estimated $7 million and received poor reviews overall from critics and audiences.