Rise of Skywalker Delivers a $175.5 million Debut While Cats Coughs Up a Hairball

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker won the weekend box office delivering a $175.5 million debut over three days. That’s the third-largest December opening of all time. The studio had expected a $165 million opening.

The weekend audience was 59% male and 64% were aged 25 or older. The film received a “B+” CinemaScore, the first live film to not receive something in the “A” range.

Internationally, the film opened with $198 million from 52 markets delivering a global total of $373.5 million.

Jumanji: The Next Level dropped 56% to come in second place with an estimated $26.1 million. Domestically, the film has earned $101.9 million in ten days. Internationally, the film added $32.6 million from 52 markets to bring that total to $210 million for a worldwide total of $312 million. It still has to debut in Italy, Australia, and Brazil.

Frozen II came in third with an estimated $12.3 million to bring the domestic total to $386.5 million. The international total is now over $717 million and worldwide the movie has earned $1.103 billion.

Cats clawed its way to fourth with a $6.5 million total. With 3,380 locations, that’s one of the top twenty worst openings of all time for films opening in over 3000 locations. The movie received a “C+” CinemaScore from opening day audiences. The movie opened in the UK where it earned $4.4 million and a global total shy of $11 million. It expands in 37 markets next week and rolls out internationally through February.

Knives Out rounds out the top five with an estimated $6.1 million for a domestic total of $89.5 million. It added $6.4 million internationally for an overseas total of $96 million and a global total of $185.6 million. It has yet to open in Germany and Japan.

When it comes to comic films…

Joker dropped 77.4% to come in at #21 with an estimated $140,000. The film’s domestic total now stands at $333.5 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive looking at 2019’s comic adaptations.

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