The last weekend of 2019 proved a great one for exhibitors as overall ticket sales reached $200 million – up 6.3% on the same weekend last year.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” dominated with a further $72 million domestically, bringing its domestic total to $361 million and global total to $725 million – making it the tenth-highest grossing movie of the year worldwide after just a little over a week. “Jumanji: The Next Level” came in second and has amassed $472 million globally so far with $296 million of that coming from the United States alone.
Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed period piece “Little Women” came in third and surpassed expectations with $16.5 million during the weekend and $29 million since Wednesday. Made for a cost-effective $40 million, the movie looks like a winner for Sony and New Regency and is expected to have long legs.
“Frozen 2” keeps going strong, amassing $1.21 billion worldwide to become the third-biggest animated movie in history.
A24’s “Uncut Gems” went wide to fit in at seventh place, collecting $9.5 million over the traditional weekend and $18.8 million since opening wide on Wednesday. That makes it the biggest five-day launch to date for A24 and one of their highest-grossing films.
In limited release, “1917” opened to $51,818 per screen average for the three day weekend and one of $91,636 for the five-day since Christmas across the eleven screens upon which it’s playing.
“Just Mercy” and “Clemency” had $26,250 and $18,539 per screen averages for their three day weekends, and all three of those aforementioned films are being buoyed by excellent reviews. “Ip Man 4: The Finale” also fared very well with a gross of $1,443,692 during the five-day holiday.