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  • 'Ford v Ferrari' Races to #1 While 'Joker' Becomes First R-Rated Film to Ever Top $1 Billion Globally

    Fox's Ford v Ferrari more than lived up to the most aggressive of pre-weekend expectations, delivering a #1 performance at the domestic weekend box office. However, Sony's Charlie's Angels struggled mightily in its debut, failing to reach the lowest of expectations, which means the film's third place finish puts the weekend's overall performance into perspective. In better news, WB's Joker became the fourth DC Comics adaptation to ever top $1 billion at the global box office and the first R-rated movie to ever reach that milestone.

    Finishing in the winner's circle atop the weekend box office, is Fox's Ford v Ferrari with an estimated $31 million. The performance is well ahead of Mojo's pre-weekend forecast and even tops the most optimistic of industry expectations and comes with an outstanding "A+" CinemaScore. The film played to a male-dominated crowd with men making up 62% of the audience and 79% of the overall crowd coming in aged 25 or older.

    Internationally, Ford v Ferrari brought in $21.4 million from 41 markets for a $52 million global debut, enjoying #1 openings in several including Russia, which serves as the film's top international market with a $3.2 million debut. Additional openings include the UK ($2.3m), France ($2.3m), Australia ($1.7m), Italy ($1.3m), Mexico ($1.1m) and Germany ($1.0m). Upcoming releases include a December 5 release in Korea followed by Japan on January 10.

    Lionsgate's Midway slipped to second this weekend, dipping -51% with an estimated $8.75 million for a domestic cume that now tops $35 million after ten days in release. The film's position in the top ten, however, is a tight one as two more films have a chance of moving up the list once actuals come in tomorrow.

    First in line, competing for second place, is Sony's Charlie's Angels, which was expected to finish anywhere from $12-13 million this weekend, but was ultimately unable to hit double digits, delivering a disappointing $8.6 million debut. The $48 million production received a "B" CinemaScore from opening weekend audiences, which were 61% female with 55% of the overall audience coming in aged 25 or older.

    Internationally, Angels began its overseas play in 26 markets with an estimated $19.3 million, including a $7.7 million opening in China. The film also brought in $1.3 million with a second place finish in Australia and another $1 million from Russia. Upcoming releases including a November 29 release in the UK followed by Spain (Dec 5), France (Dec 25), Mexico (Jan 1), Germany (Jan 2), Italy (Jan 9), Japan (Jan 21) and South Korea (Feb 26). Overall, the film is looking at a disappointing, $27.9 million global debut.

    Paramount's Playing with Fire, holding on extremely well in its sophomore frame, dipped just -33% for an estimated $8.55 million, moving the film up one spot from its opening last weekend, though once actuals come in it could move up a bit more. The film's domestic cume now stands at $25.4 million as the studio appears to have a small family hit on their hands.

    Internationally, Playing with Fire maintained its release in the same 11 markets from last weekend and added another $1.3 million for an overseas cume that now stands at $4.5 million. The film will open in Australia in mid-December followed by releases in the UK (Dec 27), Spain (Jan 17), Brazil (Jan 23) and Germany and Russia in early February.

    Rounding out the top five is Universal's Last Christmas with an estimated $6.7 million, pushing the film's domestic cume to $22.6 million after ten days in release. Internationally the film added $8.6 million for a $13 million overseas cume and a global total that now stands at $35.5 million.

    Further down the list, WB's The Good Liar debuted in 2,439 locations and delivered on expectations with an estimated $5.65 million, The film received a "B" CinemaScore while playing to a crowd that was 60% female with 85% of the overall crowd coming in aged 35 or older. Internationally, the film began playing overseas last weekend and is now playing in 12 markets where it grossed an estimated $1.5 million for an international cume that now stands at $3.9 million for a worldwide total reaching $9.6 million.

    In eighth position is where WB's Joker finished this weekend at the domestic box office, adding another $5.6 million to its now $322.6 million domestic cume. However, it's the film's global performance that is making news this weekend as the film became only the fourth DC Comics adaptation, the seventh release of 2019 and the first ever R-rated movie to top the $1 billion mark. Equally impressive is the Joker is only the third movie ever to top $1 billion without a China release, the other two being fellow DC adaptation The Dark Knight and 2006's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

    Overall, to go along with its $322.6 million domestically, Joker added $13 million this weekend internationally for an overseas cume totaling $694 million and a global tally reaching $1.017 billion. The performance currently places the film 43d all-time at the worldwide box office, just ahead of The Dark Knight ($1.004b).

    Next weekend will see Disney's Frozen II explode into over 4,200 theaters alongside Sony's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood in 3,100 locations and STX's action thriller 21 Bridges, debuting in ~2,700 theaters.

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    • 'Frozen II' delivers $350 million global debut

      Disney's Frozen II delivered a monster debut, bringing in an estimated $127 million domestically, which serves as the largest animated opening ever outside the summer corridor and a record animated opening for the month of November. In fact, the performance is the fifth largest November opening of all-time, topping the $125 million opening for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 back in 2010. The film played to an audience that was 59% female with families making up 70% of the opening weekend crowd.

      Internationally the film opened with an estimated $223.2 million for an estimated $350 million global debut, opening at #1 in all markets where it released with China leading the way with an estimated $53 million. Additional markets include a $31.5 million debut in Korea followed by Japan ($18.2m), UK ($17.8m), Germany ($14.9m), France ($13.4m), Mexico ($9.3m), Indonesia ($6.2m), Philippines ($6.1m) and Spain ($5.8m). Next weekend sees openings in Italy, Russia and Australia as well as Greece, New Zealand, Trinidad, Chile and Venezuela.

      Sony and TriStar's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood debuted near expectations, bringing in an estimated $13.5 million from 3,235 theaters. The film played to an audience that was 52% female and skewing older, with 75% of the crowd coming in aged 25 or older.

      STXFilms's 21 Bridges brought in an estimated $9.2 million this weekend, falling a bit short of studio expectations. The film earned a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences with 56% of the weekend crowd coming in male while skewing older as 75% of the weekend audience was aged 25 or older. The film also added an estimated $2.73 million internationally from 20 markets released.

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      • Wow, those are bigger numbers than I expected! Come through, Frozen!
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        • 'Frozen II' feasts on Thanksgiving records while 'Knives Out' & 'Queen & Slim' enjoy strong holiday openings

          The folks at Disney have full bellies after the animated feature Frozen II delivered three and five-day Thanksgiving records as the film topped $287 million domestically after just ten days in release and $739 million globally in the film's first 12 days. But it wasn't all Disney this weekend as Lionsgate's Knives Out exceeded expectations with a five-day performance topping $41 million and Universal's Queen & Slim found a place in the top five.

          With an estimated $85.2 million three-day and a $123.7 million five-day performance, Disney's Frozen II not only topped the standard and extended weekend, it delivered record performances serving as the largest three and five-day grosses over the Thanksgiving holiday frame ever. To go along with that, the film has now grossed over $287 million in just ten days of release trailing just Incredibles 2 over the same number of days, which stood at an impressive $349.7 million after just ten days. In fact, Frozen II is already the 17th highest grossing animated film ever and is showing little sign of stopping.

          Internationally, the film added another $163.8 million over the three-day and has now grossed $451 million overseas, already having topped the original Frozen in several markets, including China. That puts the global total at $738.6 million after just 12 days in release as it remains the #1 film in all markets released other than India, where it is still the #1 western title. This weekend the animated juggernaut opened in Russia ($13.7m), Italy ($8.6m) and Australia ($6.6m) with openings in South Africa, Uruguay and Paraguay set for next weekend while a January 2 release in Brazil remains the last major market where the film has yet to release.

          In second place is Lionsgate's release of Rian Johnson's Knives Out, which came in well ahead of expectations, delivering an estimated $41.7 million over the five-day weekend, serving as the 16th largest five-day Thanksgiving opening ever. The film is also looking at a strong run ahead as word of mouth seems high thanks to an "A-" CinemaScore and what is currently an 8.1/10 rating on IMDb. The opening weekend audience was 51% male with 68% of the overall crowd coming in aged 25 or older.

          Internationally, Knives Out added another $28.3 million for a $70 million global debut, which includes a $13.5 million launch in China, where it ranked #3 in the marketplace. Additional openings include a $3.8 million opening in the UK followed by Russia ($2m), Australia ($1.9m) and France ($1.5m). The film will add another 14 markets next weekend including South Korea, Denmark, Italy, Mexico and Norway.

          Fox's Ford v Ferrari keeps firing on all cylinders, dipping just -17% over the three-day with an estimated $13.2 million and a $19 million five-day performance as the film's domestic gross now stands at $81 million. Internationally it added another $10.2 million this weekend for an overseas cume totaling $62.3 million and a global tally that now tops $143 million. Russia remains the film's top international market with $8.8 million as it will open in South Korea along with Thailand, Panama and Chile next weekend with a January 10 release set for Japan.

          Sony lands in fourth position with A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, dipping just -11% in its second weekend with an estimated $11.8 million for the three-day and a $17.3 million five-day performance. The film's domestic cume now stands at $34.3 million after ten days in release.

          Rounding out the top five is Universal's Queen & Slim, delivering an estimated $11.7 million over the three-day and an estimated $15.8 million over the five-day opening. The film received an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences and played to a crowd that was 51% female with 61% of the overall audience coming in aged 25 or older.

          Next weekend sees only one new wide release in STX's pickup of the animated title Playmobil, which was originally set up at Global Road until the studio shuttered its doors.

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          • Better-than-expected figures for Queen & Slim, too!
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            • 'Frozen II' threepeats atop weekend box office while 'Playmobil' bombs

              It was yet another weekend atop the weekend box office for Disney's Frozen II, which has now topped $900 million globally, well on its way to becoming the studio's sixth 2019 release to top the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. Meanwhile, while Focus Features saw Dark Waters finish just outside the top five in its nationwide expansion this weekend, STX's release of Playmobil failed to make the top ten, delivering the third worst opening ever for a film debuting in over 2,000 locations.

              At the top of the box office is Frozen II, dipping -59.7% with an estimated $34.7 million for a domestic cume totaling $337.6 million, making it the seventh highest grossing release of the year so far domestically. For some perspective, it wasn't until the original film's 61st day in release that it topped $337 million domestically, before going on to gross over $400 million after 57 weeks in release.

              In addition to the domestic performance, Frozen II added another $90.2 million internationally, for an overseas cume that now totals over $582 million and a global tally that now stands just shy of $920 million. This means the animated feature will soon become the eighth 2019 release to top $1 billion globally, of which Disney has released six.

              In second place is Lionsgate's release of Knives Out, which dipped just -47% for an estimated $14.15 million three-day and a domestic cume that now stands at $63.5 million. The film also added another $18.7 million internationally, pushing the overseas cume to $60.6 million for a global cume that is now just shy of $125 million. The film's top overseas market remains China with $23.6 million while it has still yet to open in Brazil (Dec 12), Germany (Jan 2) and Japan (Jan 31).

              It's a close race for third with the edge currently going to Fox's Ford v Ferrari, but just $7,000 separates it from Universal and Makeready's Queen & Slim as both films generated an estimated $6.5 million this weekend. Ford v Ferrari is now in its fourth week in release with a domestic cume totaling over $91 million while it also added another $8.3 million internationally for an international cume totaling $76.5 million and a global tally that now stands at $167.6 million. As for Queen & Slim it is entering its sophomore frame, dipping just -45% following its holiday weekend debut with a domestic cume that now stands at $26.9 million.

              Rounding out the top five is Sony's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood with an estimated $5.2 million, pushing the film's domestic cume over $43 million as it enters its third week in release.

              Just outside the top five is Focus's nationwide expansion of Dark Waters. The adult-targeted feature was entering a marketplace loaded with content targeting the same audience and was unable to see the kind of breakout I'm sure they were expecting, especially considering audiences seem to be taking to the film as much as critics did. That said, it did deliver an estimated $4.1 million.

              Falling well outside the top ten is STX's release of the animated feature Playmobil, which the studio picked up for domestic distribution after Global Road filed for bankruptcy in 2018. The studio is emphasizing the use of variable pricing for the film, which included a $5 a ticket experiment to "encourage and incentivize audiences to see the film, while allowing theaters to begin to explore value pricing for a first-run movie". The experiment didn't exactly pay off, resulting in an estimated $660,000 three-day from 2,337 locations and a $282 per theater average, the third worst opening average ever for a film opening in 2,000 or more locations.

              Next weekend sees several new releases make their way to theaters including the wide releases of Jumanji: The Next Level, Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell and Black Christmas. Meanwhile, Uncut Gems and Bombshell will begin their limited releases as they begin their awards season runs.

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              • 'Jumanji 2' roars to $60M opening

                While the studio attempted to downplay expectations, Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level opened at the top end of industry expectations, leading the weekend charge with a December studio record opening and getting the box office off to a strong start for the holiday frame. Though, it has to be mentioned, that strong start didn't trickle down to the weekend's two other new wide releases as both Universal and Blumhouse's Black Christmas and WB's Richard Jewell fell well below expectations.

                The $60.1 million opening for Jumanji: The Next Level is the 13th largest December opening ever and the largest December debut for Sony. While the film will have to contend next weekend with the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the opening weekend performance, along with a strong audience reaction; which gave the film an "A-" CinemaScore; puts it in a fantastic position heading into the Christmas holiday frame. Two years ago Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sat at $52.7 million after its first five days in release and went on to gross over $404 million domestically and nearly $1 billion worldwide, serving as the largest domestic gross in Sony's history. Can the sequel take it to the... next level?

                In terms of audience, the film played to a crowd that was 56% male and only 29% of the overall audience was over the age of 25, which speaks to its ability to appeal to a younger audience base. In fact, while the gender demographics are the same as the first film, 45% of the opening weekend audience for the first film was aged 25 or older, which means not only did the sequel bring in a larger crowd, it brought in a younger crowd at that.

                Internationally, The Next Level got its overseas start last weekend and this weekend added 34 new markets for a total of 52, from which it brought in an estimated $85.7 million, pushing its international total to $152.5 million for a $212.6 million global cume. This weekend saw the UK lead all markets with a 5-day total of $12.6 million followed by Russia ($8.9m) and Germany ($4.6m). The film has still yet to release in Italy (Dec 25), Australia (Dec 26) and Brazil (Jan 16).

                Slipping to second for the first time since release, Disney's Frozen II brought in an estimated $19.2 million to kick off its fourth week in release, pushing the film's domestic cume to $366.5 million. Added to that, the film's overseas total has now blossomed to $666 million for a global cume totaling $1.032 billion. This makes Frozen II Disney's sixth $1+ billion global release of 2019 alone. It also serves as the third Walt Disney Animations Studios release to top $1 billion alongside Frozen and Zootopia and the seventh largest animated release ever worldwide. It also now stands as the tenth largest animated release domestically of all-time, moving ahead of Inside Out.

                Third place belongs to Lionsgate's Knives Out, which added an estimated $9.25 million this weekend, pushing the film's domestic cume just shy of $80 million. In addition to that, the film added another $13.6 million from 73 international markets this weekend for an overseas cume that now stands at an estimated $83.3 million, for a global tally topping $162 million with releases in Germany (Jan 2) and Japan (Jan 31) still to come.

                Fourth and fifth place belong to the weekend's two other new wide releases, both of which were expected to reach $10+ million, but struggled to hit half that number, both finding a place within the top 50 worst openings ever. First is WB's Richard Jewell, which opened in just over 2,500 locations with an estimated $5 million. The Clint Eastwood drama was never able to get started and while it received an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, it seems the abundance of adult-targeted features in theaters right now was just too much to overcome.

                Right behind Jewell is Universal and Blumhouse's Black Christmas, a remake of the 1974 holiday horror, and it was only able to muster an estimated $4.4 million from 2,625 locations. While this isn't the worst wide release for Blumhouse ever, it is the second worst wide release for a Blumhouse feature debuting in over 2,000 theaters behind 2015's bust Jem and the Holograms. And while the film entered the weekend with a 43% score on RottenTomatoes, horror films can typically withstand poor reviews, but audiences seemed to agree, giving the film a "D+" CinemaScore. Of the opening weekend crowd, 54% were female and 57% were aged 25 or older.

                Internationally, Black Christmas opened in 37 international territories including France, Spain, Germany, Australia and the U.K. & Ireland for a weekend total of $3.1 million. France led the way with a $421k debut followed by a $379k release in the UK. The film will launch in Russia and Mexico next weekend.

                Elsewhere, A24's limited release of the Safdie brothers' Uncut Gems saw the drama deliver the studio's largest per screen opening average ever, debuting with an estimated $525,498 in five locations for a $105,100 per theater average. The performance ranks as the 26th best opening average all-time. Looking ahead, the film received an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences and will go wide on Christmas day, though we've yet to receive word on just how wide A24 will go with the release.

                Next weekend will see Disney debut Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in over 4,200 locations while Fox releases the animated feature Spies in Disguise in ~3,300 theaters and Universal debuts the musical stage adaptation Cats in over 3,300 locations.

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                • 'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' delivers $175.5M debut while 'Cats' coughs up a furball

                  Disney's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker led the weekend box office, though there is likely to be a bit of pushing and pulling from analysts as to whether the film's $175.5 million debut is a worthy opening for the final installment in the now 42-year-old Skywalker saga. Meanwhile, Universal's Cats fell well short of expectations and appears to have already been left out in the rain.

                  With a $175.5 million three-day debut, Disney's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker delivered the third largest December opening of all-time. While the performance tops the studio's conservative, $165 million opening, many, including BoxOfficeMojo, expected the film to top $200 million for the weekend and the slide to $175.5 million is a bit below where expectations were just yesterday, when it appeared the film would open anywhere from $190-195 million after Friday estimates. The slide began following the film's opening day, which was pretty much on par with recent Star Wars releases, which saw preview grosses making up 44% of the film's opening day. However, it is the only Star Wars release of the five released by Disney thus far, to see the Friday gross make up over 50% of the film's total opening weekend, which brings into question what kind of impact word of mouth will have on the film's final gross.

                  While The Force Awakens and Rogue One saw multiples that came in at 3.78x and 3.43x respectively, The Last Jedi and Solo could only muster multiples finishing at 2.82x and 2.53x respectively. That said, the four previous Star Wars releases saw multiples averaging 3.14x, which would give The Rise of Skywalker a $551 million domestic run, which is hardly a small number, but it does show a downward trend for the brand following the massive performance for The Force Awakens in 2015. Of this weekend's audience, 59% were male and 64% of the crowd was aged 25 or older, all of which pretty much lines up with the last four Star Wars releases, though the film's "B+" CinemaScore is the first Star Wars film outside of 2008's animated Clone Wars to receive a CinemaScore outside the "A" range.

                  Internationally, Rise of Skywalker delivered a $198 million debut overseas from 52 markets, giving the film a $373.5 million global launch. Leading the way was the UK with a $26.8 million opening followed by Germany ($21.8m), France ($15.2m), Japan ($14.6m), Australia ($12.6m), China ($12.1m), Spain ($7.6m), Mexico ($7.4m), Brazil ($5.9m), Italy ($5.9m), Russia ($5.8m) and Sweden ($4.6m). The film is now open in 98% of the international marketplace with January debuts still set for Vietnam, Korea and the Philippines.

                  In second, Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level dipped -56%, bringing in an estimated $26.1 million for a domestic cume that now tops $101 million after ten days in release. The performance is significantly below Mojo's pre-weekend expectations, which were perhaps a bit unfair given the release of a new Star Wars film, but it will be interesting to see how Jumaji progresses over the next couple days as Christmas Day is one of the biggest movie going days of the year. The first Jumanji feature fared very well in the face of The Last Jedi two years ago and perhaps with the debut of Rise of Skywalker out of the way, audiences will again turn their attention to Sony's adventure comedy over the coming days.

                  Internationally, Jumanji added another $32.6 million from 52 markets this weekend, bringing the film's overseas cume to $210 million for a global tally that now stands at $312 million. The film will debut in Italy and Australia in the coming days, finishing in Brazil in mid-January.

                  Disney's Frozen II landed in third with an estimated $12.3 million giving the animated feature a domestic cume that now now stands at $386.5 million. Internationally the film's cume is now over $717 million for a global tally reaching $1.103 billion, making it the fourth largest animated release of all time worldwide, passing Despicable Me 3 ($1.035b), Toy Story 3 ($1.067b) and Toy Story 4 ($1.074b).

                  Landing in fourth position is Universal's Cats with a disappointing $6.5 million from 3,380 locations, ranking in the top twenty among worst openings all-time for a film playing in over 3,000 locations. Negative reviews for the film heading into the weekend were met with a disappointing "C+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences and the film continued to lose momentum from there. Internationally it opened in the UK this weekend with an estimated $4.4 million for a global launch just shy of $11 million. Cats expands next week in 37 markets including France, Australia, Germany, Korea and Mexico, and continues its international rollout through February.

                  Rounding out the top five is Lionsgate's Knives Out with an estimated $6.1 million for a domestic cume that now stands at $89.5 million. Internationally the film added another $6.4 million for an overseas cume that now stands at $96 million for a global tally reaching $185.6 million with January releases in Germany and Japan still to come.

                  Just outside the top five is Lionsgate's expansion of Bombshell, which took in an estimated $5 million this weekend from 1,480 locations, serving as the third new wide release this weekend to fall below expectations. In terms of audience, 62% of this weekend's crowd was female and 87% were over the age of 25.

                  Next week gets off to an early start with two new wide releases debuting on Christmas day along with the nationwide expansion of A24's Uncut Gems. As for those debuts, Sony will release Greta Gerwig's Little Women and Fox will offer families yet another film to consider with the animated feature Spies in Disguise. On top of that, WB's Just Mercy and Universal's 1917 will hit limited release.

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                  • Can we all appreciate how amazing Knives Out has done at the Box Office?

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                    • 'Little Women' and 'Uncut Gems' Ride High Over the Five Day Holiday Weekend

                      Disney's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker topped the weekend box office for a second weekend in a row, while the weekend's newcomers -- Sony's Little Women and Fox's animated feature Spies in Disguise -- both topped studio expectations as did this weekend's expansion of Uncut Gems, which has now topped $20 million domestically.

                      With an estimated $72 million, Disney's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker dipped -59% in its second weekend, pushing the film's domestic gross over $361 million after ten days in release. The drop is much larger than we expected given the past performances of films over the same time frame. It is, however, better than the -67.5% second weekend plunge for The Last Jedi a couple of years ago as it has managed to close the gap between the two films after ten days in theaters.

                      Internationally, Rise of Skywalker added $94.3 million this weekend for a $363 million overseas cume and a global tally that is now just shy of $725 million. This weekend didn't see any new markets released as the UK still leads all international markets with $51.4 million. Next weekend will see the film open in Vietnam.

                      Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level landed in second place with an estimated $35.3 million for the three-day, playing more in line with expectations at this time of year, improving +33% compared to last weekend and topping $175 million domestically as it enters its third week in release. Internationally, the film added another $61.6 million, pushing its overseas cume to $296 million for a global tally that now stands at $472 million.

                      Third is where we find the first of the weekend's new wide releases in Sony's Little Women, the latest retelling of the Louisa May Alcott classic from writer-director Greta Gerwig. The film, which stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen brought in an impressive $29 million over the course of its five-day debut ($16.52m three-day). The performance is well ahead of Sony's extraordinarily low expectations of $16-17 million for the first five days, but does line-up with Mojo's pre-weekend forecast. The film received an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences that saw crowds that were 70% female with 71% of the audience coming in aged 25 or older.

                      Internationally, Little Women launched in the UK and Spain this weekend, bringing in $4.6 million and $1.6 million respectively for an estimated $6.3 million start. The film will open in Australia and France on January 1 followed by openings in Brazil (Jan 9), Italy (Jan 9), Mexico (Jan 24), Germany (Jan 30) and Russia (Jan 30).

                      Disney's Frozen II also saw a jump this weekend compared to last, improving +27% with an estimated $16.5 million three-day and a domestic cume that now stands at $421.3 million. Internationally the film added another $42.2 million for an overseas cume totaling nearly $800 million as the global tally now stands at $1.217 billion making it the third largest animated release all-time worldwide, topping Minions ($1.159b).

                      Rounding out the top five is Fox's animated feature Spies in Disguise, which delivered an estimated $22 million five-day performance ($13.5m three-day) after launching on Christmas Day. The film received an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences while playing to an audience that was 54% female with 40% of the crowd coming in aged 25 or older.

                      Internationally, Spies in Disguise brought in an estimated $16 million from approximately 51% of the international marketplace for a $38.1 million global debut. Mexico led the way with an estimated $2.3 million opening followed by France ($2.2m), UK ($1.9m), Germany ($1.2m) and Spain ($1m). The film will open in Australia and China next weekend with January launches set for Russia, Kore and Brazil, ending in Japan with a May 22 release.

                      Outside the top five, landing in seventh position, is A24's Uncut Gems, which went wide this past week, playing in 2,348 locations and delivered an estimated $18.86 million over the last five days, pushing the film's domestic cume over $20 million, serving as the largest five-day performance in the studio's history, although the sample size is relatively small. One potential cause for concern, however, is that while the film scored an "A-" CinemaScore in limited release, this week's wide audience gave it a "C+". The audience score at RottenTomatoes is also just 54%, which puts a question mark on the film's future.

                      Next weekend sees just one new wide release hitting theaters with Sony once again bringing The Grudge to the big screen, this time around the remake is rated R and will debut in over 2,500 locations.

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                      • 'Rise of Skywalker' tops $900 mio globally, 'Frozen II' #1 animated release of all-time & 'Grudge' debuts with $11.3 mio

                        Disney domination continues as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker leads the way domestically for the third straight weekend, topping $450 million domestically and over $900 million worldwide while Frozen II has now become the highest grossing animated release of all time worldwide reaching $1.325 billion worldwide. As for Sony's new release of The Grudge, it topped expectations and rounded out the weekend's top five, while nearly all of the weekend's holdovers within the top ten dropped less than 40% compared to last weekend.

                        Disney's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brought in an estimated $33.7 million this weekend, dipping -53% to kick off its third week in release. The performance pushes the film's domestic cume over $450 million, doing so in just 17 days. The film also added another $50.5 million internationally this weekend for an overseas cume that now stands at $468 million for a global total reaching $918.8 million as it will soon become Disney's seventh $1+ billion global release of 2019.

                        In second is the first of three Sony titles in the top five, Jumanji: The Next Level. The sequel enters its fourth week in release with an estimated $26.5 million this weekend, dipping just -25% as the film's domestic cume now stands at $236.2 million. While it is still pacing behind the first film in terms of overall domestic cume, it is showing signs of holding on for a long run similar to that first film, though a direct comparison is almost impossible to make given the holiday release timing of the two.

                        Internationally, Jumanji added another $42.4 million this weekend, bringing the overseas cume to $374 million for a global tally reaching $610 million. This weekend saw no new major international releases with China remaining the top overseas market with $41.2 million. The film will release in Brazil on January 16.

                        Sony's Little Women dipped just -19% in its second weekend as Greta Gerwig's adaptation added an estimated $13.57 million this weekend, bringing the film's domestic cume to $60 million. Internationally, the film added $9.5 million this weekend from six markets, bringing the overseas cume to $20.4 million. This weekend saw the film debut in Australia with $3.4 million followed by openings in France ($1.5) and the cume in the UK growing to $12 million.

                        Disney's Frozen II finished in fourth with an estimated $11.29 million bringing its domestic cume just shy of $450 million. Added to that, the film added another $42.4 million internationally, which raises it's overseas cume to $875.3 million for a massive, $1.325 billion worldwide making Frozen II the highest grossing animated release of all time worldwide, topping Frozen ($1,281M) and Incredibles 2 ($1,243M).

                        Rounding out the top five is Sony and Screen Gems's The Grudge with an estimated $11.3 million, which is ahead of pre-weekend expectations, but the film's "F" CinemaScore doesn't bode well for future prospects, just as it didn't help its day-to-day performance this weekend. As for the opening weekend crowd, the audience was 53% male and 51% of the overall audience coming in was aged 25 or older.

                        Internationally, The Grudge opened in 29 markets with an estimated $5.8 million. Leading the way was Indonesia with $1 million. Upcoming releases include Germany (Jan 9), France (Jan 15), Russia (Jan 16), UK (Jan 24), Australia (Jan 30), Brazil (Feb 13) and Italy (Feb 27).

                        Outside the top five we have to mention Lionsgate's Knives Out, which entered its sixth week in release this weekend and dipped just -9% with an estimated $9 million from 2,142 locations, bringing the film's domestic cume to $130.25 million. This is the third straight weekend in a row the Rian Johnson written and directed feature has had the lowest drop among domestic, wide release holdovers and it's finding equal success internationally where it added another $8.8 million for an international cume totaling $117.2 million and a global tally just shy of $250 million.

                        Next weekend will see the wide release of Fox's Underwater and Paramount's Like a Boss while Universal will go wide with 1917 in over 3,200 locations and WB will also expand the release of Just Mercy into over 2,200 theaters.

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                        • Glad Frozen 2 is doing really well, great sequel. Knives Out and Little Women slaying too.

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                          • '1917' expands with excellent $36.5 million weekend

                            Universal's 1917 made the most of strong word of mouth and two Golden Globe wins, topping the weekend box office with ease as it expanded nationwide following two weeks in limited release. Meanwhile, Paramount's Like a Boss fell a bit shy of its pre-weekend expectations and Fox's Underwater drowned. WB's expansion of Just Mercy, however, was able to deliver a top five finish as it also went nationwide following its limited release over the December holidays.

                            With an estimated $36.5 million, Universal's release of Sam Mendes's 1917 topped the weekend box office with ease as it expanded into 3,434 locations after playing in just 11 theaters over the previous two weeks. As recently as last week tracking for the film had it opening around $25 million, but following a pair of Golden Globe wins last Sunday and strong word of mouth, the film shattered those expectations and don't be surprised if it gains even more heat following tomorrow morning's Oscar nominations. Internationally, the film debuted in 30 Amblin and Universal international markets with nearly $20 million, pushing the worldwide cume over $60 million.

                            1917 earned an "A" CinemaScore following it's limited release and wide audiences felt similarly, awarding it an "A-". This weekend's crowds were 60% male while 80% of the weekend audiences as aged 25 or older.

                            Second place goes to Disney's release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which dropped another -57% with an estimated $15 million, bringing the film's domestic cume to $478.2 million as it enters its fourth week in release. Internationally, the film added another $24.2 million, bringing the overseas cume to $511.4 million for a global tally reaching $989.6 million as it pushes toward becoming the seventh 2019 release from Disney to top $1 billion globally.

                            Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level finished in third with an estimated 14 million, dipping -47% as it enters its fifth weekend in release, pushing the film's domestic cume to $256.8 million. Internationally, Jumanji lifted its international cume to $414 million after taking in $22.6 million this weekend 65 markets, bolstering the film's worldwide total to $671 million.

                            In a tie for fourth with an estimated $10 million is Paramount's wide release of Like a Boss and WB's expansion of Just Mercy. Beginning with Like a Boss, the R-rated comedy starring Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek was expected to debut in the low double digit millions and fell just a bit shy of those expectations. Reviews for the film heading into the weekend were poor, scoring just 21% at RottenTomatoes, but the CinemaScore for the film wasn't too bad, receiving a "B" from opening day crowds. Like a Boss played to an audience that was 56% female with 65% of the overall crowd coming in aged 25 or older.

                            As for Just Mercy, after debuting in just four theaters on Christmas Day and playing in those same four locations for the past two weeks, the film expanded into 2,375 locations this weekend and audiences liked what they saw, giving the film an "A+" CinemaScore, complimenting the 82% critical rating at RottenTomatoes. The film's audience was 60% female with 85% of the overall audience coming in aged 25 or older, both figures just a fraction below exits following the film's limited release. The film should continue to play well over the coming weeks given the lack of serious competition in the drama category.

                            Finishing outside the top five is Fox's new release Underwater. The PG-13 thriller fell short of studio expectations, delivering an estimated $7 million for the weekend while earning a "C" CinemaScore from opening day crowds. The film's opening weekend audience was split, 50/50 male and female with 64% of the overall audience coming in aged 25 or older.

                            Internationally, Underwater opened in 21 markets including France, Brazil and Mexico from which it brought in an estimated $7.1 million. The film's top overseas market was Indonesia with $1.5 million followed by France with a $1 million debut. Next weekend the film opens in Philippines and Thailand followed by late January openings in Russia, Australia, Italy and Spain with openings in the UK (Feb 7), Korea (Apr 9) and Japan (May 15) to follow.

                            It also deserves mentioning once again that Lionsgate's Knives Out had the smallest drop among wide release holdovers for the fourth straight weekend. Dipping just -36%, the film from Rian Johnson brought in an estimated $5.7 million for a domestic cume that now tops $139 million. It also added another $5.5 million internationally for a global cume that now stands at $265.4 million with a late January release in Japan still to come.

                            Next weekend's wide releases include Sony's Bad Boys for Life in approximately 3,700 locations while Universal will bring Dolittle to over 3,900 theaters. As for Dolittle, it got a jump start on its domestic release opening in four overseas markets this weekend with over $8 million, including a $6.78 million debut in Korea and another $1.1 million in Ukraine. The film will add another 42 markets next weekend along with its domestic launch.

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                            • 'Bad Boys for Life' debuts with $68 million

                              The Martin Luther King holiday is bringing more box office heat than originally expected as Sony's Bad Boys for Life delivered the second largest MLK four-day performance ever as well as the studio's largest R-rated opening ever. Added to that, even Universal's Dolittle outperformed expectations, though the $175 million production still has a long way to go.

                              Debuting with an estimated $68.1 million, Sony's Bad Boys for Life exploded into theaters, delivering the second largest Martin Luther King weekend gross ever, topping 2014's Ride Along, which opened with $48.6 million. The film's $59.17 million three-day performance is also the second largest January three-day debut, just behind 2015's American Sniper ($89.26m) as well as the studio's largest R-rated opening ever, topping the $57 million opening for 22 Jump Street back in 2014.

                              While the records are great, some of the best news the film could receive began with the solid critical response followed by a welcome audience reaction, resulting in an "A" CinemaScore and a 97% audience rating on RottenTomatoes. As for that crowd, the opening weekend audience was 55% male with 61% of the overall crowd coming in aged 25 or older.

                              It will be interesting to see where the film goes from here as its three-day tops the $56.8 million debut for John Wick: Chapter 3, which went on to gross over $171 million domestically, and is right behind the likes of Mission: Impossible - Fallout ($61.2m opening), Straight Outta Compton ($60.2m opening) and Hobbs & Shaw ($60m opening). You can follow these comps throughout the film's release in our showdown here.

                              Internationally, Bad Boys for Life brought in an estimated $38.6 million from 39 markets with Germany leading the way with a $5.1 million debut. Mexico and Spain kicked in $3.8 million and $2.2 million respectively while 12 markets in the Middle East generated a combined $5.1 million. Upcoming key releases included France (Jan 22), Russia (Jan 23), Brazil (Jan 30), Japan (Jan 31) and Italy (Feb 20).

                              In second place is Universal's Dolittle, a $175 million production that entered the weekend with rather low expectations and some dreadful reviews. The film, however, managed to outperform those mediocre expectations and delivered an estimated $30 million four-day performance. To go along with that, the film received a "B" CinemaScore from opening weekend audiences and while the reviews were poor, the film holds a decent, 76% audience rating on RottenTomatoes. The crowd coming in was 51% female with 43% of the audience aged 25 or older.

                              Internationally, the film got its overseas start last week in four markets and expanded its global footprint this weekend to a total of 46 markets this weekend, bringing in an estimated $17.2 million for a global tally that is now just shy of $50 million. Leading the way i Australia with a $2.36 million debut followed by Indonesia with a $2.1 million opening. The film's top market is Korea where it has brought in $10.6 million as it enters its second week in release. There are still plenty of markets where the feature has yet to open including Argentina (Jan 23), Spain (Jan 24), Vietnam (Jan 25), Germany (Jan 30), Italy (Jan 30), Mexico (Jan 31), France (Feb 5), the UK (Feb 7), Brazil (Feb 20), Russia (Feb 20), China (Feb 21) and Japan (Mar 20).

                              Universal also took third place for the holiday weekend with their Oscar contender 1917 bringing in an estimated $27 million for the four-day holiday, bringing its domestic cume to $81.6 million as it enters its fourth week in release and only its second week in wide release. The film received a hefty ten Oscar nominations last week and is riding high after a strong performance at the Golden Globe Awards. Internationally, the picture added an additional $26 million this weekend from 37 Amblin and Universal international markets, bringing the international cume to $62 million through Sunday and a global total reaching $143.5 million.

                              Sony finished in fourth place with Jumanji: The Next Level with an estimated $12.57 million for the four-day holiday weekend, bringing its domestic cume to $273.48 million as it enters its sixth week in release. Internationally the film added another $17 million, bringing its overseas cume to $438 million for a global tally that now stands at $709 million.

                              Rounding out the top five is Disney's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which added an estimated $10.6 million over the holiday weekend, bringing its domestic cume just shy of $495 million, which puts it in the top 15 all-time domestically. Internationally, the film added another $10.9 million, bringing the overseas cume to $534.6 million for a global tally topping $1.026 billion.

                              It also must be mentioned once again, for what is now six weeks in a row, Lionsgate's Knives Out has enjoyed the smallest drop in the top ten among wide release holdovers. Dipping just -23.6%, the film brought in an estimated $4.3 million for the three-day and $5.25 million for the four-day holiday, bringing its domestic cume to $146.9 million as it enters its eighth week in release. Add $131 million internationally to that total and the picture has now generated nearly $278 million globally.

                              Outside the top ten, GKIDS debuted director Makoto Shinkai's animated feature Weathering With You this past Wednesday where it brought in over $3 million in its first two days in release, which made it the studio's highest grossing film ever in just two days. This weekend it played in 486 locations where it brought in an additional $2 million, pushing its domestic cume over $5 million more than double the studio's 2018 release Mary and the Witch's Flower, which was GKIDS's largest grossing film ever until now. The film has now grossed over $182 million globally since debuting in Japan last July.

                              Next weekend sees a pair of new wide releases in Guy Ritchie's The Gentlemen (which has already brought in $18.4 million from three markets) and the Universal horror The Turning.

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                              • 'Bad Boys' repeat at #1

                                Sony's Bad Boys for Life entered its second weekend with a strong holdover performance, repeating atop the weekend box office and topping $120 million domestically after just ten days in release. Meanwhile, STX's release of Guy Ritchie's The Gentlemen enjoyed a solid debut while Universal's The Turning finished just outside the top five, disappointing both critics and audiences alike.

                                With an estimated $34 million, Sony's Bad Boys for Life is proving to be a hit with audiences, repeating atop the weekend box office in its second weekend, dipping just -46% compared to the film's strong debut over the holiday weekend last week. The performance pushes the film's domestic cume over $120 million after just ten days in release and it is now less than $20 million shy of already becoming the highest grossing domestic release in the Bad Boys franchise with a fourth film already in the works.

                                Internationally, the film added another 19 markets and grossed $42 million this weekend, pushing the international cume to $95 million for a global tally reaching $215 million. The weekend's top market was Russia where Bad Boys for Life brought in an estimated $4.7 million followed by France ($4.1m), Belgium ($1.4m), Netherlands ($1.5m), Ukraine ($1.1m), Colombia ($1.1m) and South Africa ($1m). The United Kingdom remains the film's top overseas market where it has grossed $10.7 million thus far.

                                Universal's 1917 held on very well this weekend, dipping just -28%. The Best Picture contender exhibited its might, delivering an estimated $15.8 million this weekend, pushing the film's domestic cume to $103.8 million. Internationally, the film added an estimated $23.7 million from 50 markets, including new openings in Brazil, Italy, Norway, Indonesia and Colombia with the international cume now reaching just shy of $97 million for a global tally that now tops $200 million.

                                Universal also took home the weekend bronze as Dolittle dipped -43% in its sophomore frame, pulling in an estimated $12.5 million. The $175 million production still has plenty of work to do as its domestic cume now stands at $44.68 million. Internationally the film added $13.2 million this weekend, pushing the domestic overseas cume to $46.4 million for a global tally that currently stands just over $91 million.

                                Landing in fourth is STXFilms's release of Guy Ritchie's The Gentlemen, pulling in an estimated $11 million this weekend to go along with a strong critical reception and a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day crowds. STX acquired North American rights to the film from Miramax for $7 million and following this weekend's performance is planning a "significant expansion in theaters next weekend". The opening weekend audience for the film was 60% male with 55% of the audience coming in aged between 25 and 44.

                                As for international rights, those remain with Miramax and following a limited release in just a few markets over the past few weeks, this weekend The Gentlemen added another 20 territories where it generated another $3.1 million, pushing the film's early international total to $22.5 million and an early global cume topping $33.5 million. The UK is still the top grossing market with an estimated $12.2 million so far while it has generated another $8.8 million in Australia and New Zealand. Key upcoming markets include France (Feb 5), Russia (Feb 13), Mexico (Feb 14) and Germany (Feb 27).

                                Rounding out the top five is Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level with an estimated $7.9 million, pushing the sequel's domestic performance over $283 million. The film also added another $9.6 million this weekend internationally, bringing the global cume to $738 million.

                                Just outside the top five is where we find Universal and DreamWorks's The Turning. The horror/thriller delivered an estimated $7.3 million and to go along with a poor critical response, opening day audiences gave the film a rare "F" CinemaScore, an opinion that was echoed by RottenTomatoes audiences, giving the film a 13% audience score to go along with a 3.7/10 score on IMDb. The film played to a crowd that was 52% female with 47% of the overall audience coming in aged 25 or older.

                                Internationally, The Turning earned an estimated $800k from openings in 13 markets, including Mexico and the United Kingdom. Amblin Partners and Universal are distributing the film internationally, with eOne distributing on behalf of Amblin in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Benelux.

                                We would also be remiss if we didn't once again mention that Lionsgate's Knives Out had the smallest drop among wide release holdovers in the top ten for the seventh week in a row, dipping just -15% for a three-day gross totaling $3.65 million and a domestic cume that now totals $151.8 million. Internationally the film has grossed nearly $135 million for a global tally topping $286 million.

                                Additional notes from this past weekend include Neon's Parasite becoming the studio's highest grossing domestic release of all-time, bringing in nearly $31 million and topping I, Tonya's $30 million domestic gross from two years ago. Additionally, Disney's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has now become only the 15th film to ever top $500 million at the domestic box office.

                                Next weekend will see Paramount release the Blake Lively action-thriller The Rhythm Section in over 3,000 locations while UAR will test their hand with the fourth thriller of the new year already with Gretel & Hansel in over 2,500 theaters.

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                                • 'Bad Boys for Life' tops Superbowl weekend

                                  For a third straight weekend in a row Sony's Bad Boys for Life topped the weekend box office, and continues to do so with ease, though it isn't as if the competition from a pair of newcomers was stiff. Both UAR's Gretel & Hansel and Paramount's The Rhythm Section fell below expectations, and the latter is even struggling to remain in the weekend top ten and earned a record no film ever wants.

                                  With an estimated $17.7 million this weekend, Sony's Bad Boys for Life finished atop the weekend box office for the third straight week in a row. The film's domestic gross now tops $148 million, making it the highest grossing release in the Bad Boys franchise. Internationally, Bad Boys brought in an estimated $30.8 million, lifting the film's international cume to $142.7 million for a franchise best, $271 million global cume.

                                  Universal's 1917 once again takes the runner-up position as the Best Picture contender delivered an estimated $9.66 million this weekend, pushing the film's domestic cume just shy of $120 million. Internationally, the film brought in an estimated $20.9 million from 61 markets, including openings in Russia, Taiwan, Sweden, and Thailand. The international cume currently stands at $129.8 million.

                                  Universal also took third place with Dolittle bringing in an estimated $7.7 million as the struggling, $175 million production has now managed just over $55 million domestically as it kicks off its third week in release. Internationally the film has now grossed over $71 million after bringing in an estimated $17.7 million this weekend from 63 markets. The film's global cume now stands at $126.6 million with releases in France, the UK, Brazil, Russia and Japan yet to come along with a release date for China not yet set.

                                  United Artists Releasing's Gretel & Hansel debuted in fourth position, opening with an estimated $6 million, coming up shy of expectations. The performance doesn't come as much of a shock given it is the fourth horror/thriller to be released in the first five weeks of the year, not to mention it is the fourth to debut with poor reviews and, once again, audiences tended to agree with critics, giving the film a "C-" CinemaScore and a 20% audience rating at RottenTomatoes. The film played to an opening weekend crowd that was 53% female with 73% of the overall audience coming in aged less than 35 years old.

                                  A pair of films are virtually in a dead heat for fifth place with STXfilms's The Gentlemen edging out Jumanji: The Next Level by just $10,000 based on estimates. The Guy Ritchie-directed action comedy dipped -44% in its second weekend, bringing in an estimated $6 million for a ten-day domestic cume totaling $20.4 million. Internationally, the film added another 12 markets, bringing in an estimated $4 million for an overseas cume totaling $28 million and a global tally that now tops $48 million.

                                  Further down the list, and just making its way into the top ten is Paramount's The Rhythm Section. Signals heading into the weekend weren't positive, but this one fell short of even the most pessimistic of expectations, bringing in just $2.8 million for the weekend from 3,049 locations for a $918 per theater average, the worst opening ever for a film debuting in over 3,000 locations. The film received a "C+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences while the opening weekend crowd was 53% male with 75% of the overall audience coming in aged 25 years or older.

                                  In limited release, Magnolia and ShortsTV debuted the 2020 Oscar-Nominated Short Films with an estimated $1.1 million in 460 locations. In 15 years of releasing the Oscar Shorts this is Magnolia's widest opening ever due to the shortened window between nominations and this year's ceremony.

                                  Additional limited releases include Bleecker's The Assistant brought in an estimated $84,702 from four locations ($21,176 PTA); the independent release of Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words debuted in 23 theaters with an estimated $74,718 ($3,248 PTA); Sony Classics released The Traitor in three theaters with an estimated $25,530 ($8,510 PTA); Greenwich's Incitement opened in two locations with an estimated $21,750; and Outsider debuted Josť in one theater with an estimated $10,200.

                                  Next weekend sees Margot Robbie back in her role as Harley Quinn in the DC Comics adaptation Birds of Prey, opening in over 4,100 locations.

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                                  • 'Birds of Prey' grounded while holdovers thrive over Oscars weekend

                                    Positive reviews and audience response wasn't enough to send Warner Bros.'s Birds of Prey flying too high this weekend. While the latest DC Comics adaptation was able to secure the weekend's #1 slot it fell well short of expectations. However, Oscar contender 1917 was one of three titles to see a single digit drop as audiences sought to see the film that is widely expected to take home tonight's Best Picture honors.

                                    At the top of the box office is WB's Birds of Prey, finishing with an estimated $33.25 million from 4,236 theaters (fourth widest ever for an R-rated release), falling well short of industry expectations as well as the studio's anticipated $45 million start. Things looked good heading into the weekend with the film receiving a strong critical response -- 81% on RottenTomatoes and 60 on Metacritic -- which was then followed by an "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences and an 83% audience score on RottenTomatoes. However, it appears there just wasn't enough audience to push this one as high as most expected, though word of mouth may be able to keep it alive over the coming weeks if it proves to be more than just a niche film.

                                    Opening weekend crowds for Birds of Prey were 51% female with 65% of the audience coming in aged 25 or older. The film scored best with younger audiences, of which gave the film an "A-" CinemaScore, which suggests the R-rating may have been a major reason the film struggled to take flight, especially considering its predecessor, Suicide Squad, was a PG-13 feature and debuted with $133 million. It will be interesting to see what WB does with next year's The Suicide Squad, which is currently expected to be R-rated. Will that now change?

                                    Internationally, Birds of Prey debuted in 78 markets with an estimated $48 million. Leading the way was Mexico with an estimated $4.6 million launch followed by Russia ($4m), UK ($3.9m), Brazil ($2.8m), France ($2.7m), Australia ($2.7m), Indonesia ($2.4m), Korea ($1.9m), Germany ($1.8m), Taiwan ($1.5m), Italy ($1.4m) and Spain ($1.38m). Japan will be the final market to open on March 20.

                                    Sony's Bad Boys for Life drops to second place after three straight weekends at #1. This weekend the film dropped -32% for an estimated $12 million three-day, pushing the domestic cume over $166 million as it enters its fourth week in release. Internationally, the film added another $15.8 million for an overseas gross totaling $170 million and a worldwide tally now reaching $336 million.

                                    As mentioned in our lede, Universal's 1917 had a terrific hold as it entered the weekend as the front-runner for Oscar's Best Picture honors this evening. The film dipped just -5%, bringing in an estimated $9 million for a domestic cume that now stands at $132.5 million. Internationally, the film brought in over $15 million from Universal and Amblin markets currently in play, bringing the overseas total just shy of $155 million for a global performance now topping $287 million. The film launches in Japan, its final international market, next weekend.

                                    Universal's Dolittle finished in fourth with an estimated $6.66 million, dipping just -12% as it kicks off its fourth weekend in release with a domestic cume just shy of $64 million. Internationally, the film opened in the UK and France this weekend, which helped generate nearly $19 million for the weekend, for an international cume that now stands at $94.7 million for a $158.7 million global cume. Key international markets yet to release include Brazil, Russia, Japan and China, the latter of which is yet to be dated.

                                    Rounding out the top five is Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level, which brought in an estimated $5.5 million, dipping just -8% as it kicks off its ninth week in release with a domestic cume that now tops $298 million. Internationally, the film delivered an estimated $3.3 million this weekend from 58 markets still in play, taking the international cume to $470 million and the worldwide total to $768 million.

                                    Finally, we once again feel it's worth mentioning Lionsgate's Knives Out, which fell just outside the top ten for the first time last weekend, but bounced right back this weekend, dipping just -9% and delivering an estimated $2.35 million three-day, pushing the film's domestic cume to $158.9 million. Could the bump be the result of the news just three days ago that Lionsgate is moving forward with a sequel? Overseas, the film added another $1.3 million for an international cume of $140.7 million and a worldwide cume to date of $299.6 million.

                                    Next weekend will see a trio of new wide releases for Valentine's Day weekend including Universal's romance The Photograph, Sony's Blumhouse horror Fantasy Island, Searchlight's comedy remake Downhill and, of course, Paramount's videogame adaptation Sonic the Hedgehog, the latter of which is launching in 4,100 locations.

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                                    • 'Sonic the Hedgehog' races to record video game opening

                                      Paramount's Sonic the Hedgehog exploded onto screens this Presidents' Day weekend, delivering the largest opening weekend ever for a video game adaptation to go along with an estimated $68 million, four-day holiday debut. Meanwhile Sony's Fantasy Island and Universal's The Photograph are neck-and-neck in a race for third and Searchlight's Downhill finished just inside the top ten.

                                      With an estimated $57 million three-day performance, Paramount's Sonic the Hedgehog topped last May's Pokemon Detective Pikachu to become the largest three-day opening ever for a video game adaptation. The film, based on the iconic SEGA video game, is expected to finish around $68 million for the four-day holiday frame, which would be the fourth largest Presidents' Day opening ever, with some anticipating the film will top $70 million by the time the long, holiday weekend is over.

                                      Sonic not only performed well this weekend, it was a hit with audiences, earning an "A" CinemaScore to go along with a 95% audience rating on RottenTomatoes. Opening weekend crowds were 56% male with 70% of the audience coming in aged under 25 years old.

                                      Internationally, the film launched in 40 markets this weekend bringing in $43 million for an estimated $100 million global haul. Leading the way was Mexico with a $6.7 million debut followed closely by the UK, where the film opened with an estimated $6.2 million. Additional openings include France ($4.3m), Germany ($3.3m), Brazil ($3m), Australia ($2.8m), Spain ($2m), Italy ($1.9m), Ukraine ($1m) and Colombia ($1m). Sonic will open in Russia next week followed by a March release in Japan with a date yet to be set for China.

                                      WB's Birds of Prey slipped to second, dipping -48% in its second weekend, bringing in an estimated $17.1 million over the three-day and expected to deliver $19.6 million for the four-day holiday frame, pushing the film's domestic total to $61.7 million. Internationally, the film generated an estimated $23 million from 78 overseas markets, representing a -46% drop from opening weekend. The film's international cume now totals $83.6 million, pushing the global tally just shy of $143 million. Mexico currently leads the way overseas with an estimated $7.9 million, followed by the UK with $7.6 million.

                                      In third and fourth we find a close race between a pair of the weekend's other newcomers with Sony's Fantasy Island currently holding the edge, debuting with an estimated $12.4 million over the three-day and expected to finish around $14 million for the holiday frame. The film received a "C-" CinemaScore from opening day crowds, which would appear generous if you compare it to the 9% critical rating on RottenTomatoes, though seems right in line with the 45% audience score. The film's opening weekend crowd was 52% female with 46% of the overall audience coming in aged 25 or older.

                                      Internationally, Fantasy Island launched with an estimated $7.6 million in 35 markets with France leading all markets with a $1.3 million debut followed by Indonesia ($950k), and Australia ($700k). The film will open in Germany next week followed by debuts in Russia (Mar 5), UK (Mar 6), Mexico (Mar 27), Brazil (Apr 16) and South Korea (May 14).

                                      Right behind Fantasy Island is Universal's romance The Photograph, which played much better with critics and audiences, receiving a "B+" CinemaScore and 82% audience rating on RottenTomatoes. As for its performance, the film debuted with an estimated $12.27 million over the three-day and is expected to finish with $13.4 million for the four-day holiday. Opening weekend crowds were 56% female with 64% of the audience coming in aged 25 or older.

                                      Rounding out the top five is Sony's Bad Boys for Life, which dipped just -6% this weekend, bringing in an estimated $11.3 million over the three-day and is expected to finish with $12.8 million for the holiday frame as its cume now tops $182 million domestically. Internationally, the film added another $11.1 million, pushing the overseas total to $187 million for a global cume that now stands at $368 million with the film set to open in Italy next week.

                                      Elsewhere, Neon's Parasite is coming off its huge wins at the Oscars last weekend and expanded into over 2,000 locations this weekend from which it saw an impressive bump, bringing in an estimated $5.5 million over the three-day and is expected to finish with $6.65 million for the four-day holiday frame. The performance pushes the film's domestic gross over $44 million, currently standing as the fifth largest foreign language release ever domestically by a slim margin, soon to top Instructions Not Included ($44.46m).

                                      Rounding out the top ten is Searchlight's Downhill, which managed to outperform expectations with an estimated $4.6 million three-day and a four-day expected to top $5 million. However, a weak critical response and a "D" CinemaScore doesn't bode well for the film's future prospects.

                                      Next weekend sees two new wide releases in 20th Century's The Call of the Wild and STX's horror sequel Brahms: The Boy II. Additionally, Lionsgate will release Pantelion's Las Pildoras De Mi Novio and Focus will debut Emma, which launched internationally this weekend in seven markets, bringing in $3.2 million, led by a $2.1 million launch in the UK.

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