Little Women Make Big Impact, But No Match for Rise of Skywalker

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Like an Imperial-class Star Destroyer, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker glided unscathed to the top of the box office again, claiming an estimated 72 million galactic credi—er, dollars. While The Rise of Skywalker did see a sizable dip in its collections (losing nearly 60% of its weekend-over-weekend audience), it still doubled the take of its nearest competitor: Just a skywalk in the park for the folks at Disney.

The Rise of Skywalker has now pushed its 10-day North American Tally to $361.8 million, making it the year’s seventh highest-grossing film (moving past Joker and the Aladdin remake for the honors). Throw in the movie’s overseas earnings, and Skywalker’s bottom line doubles to about $724.8 million. That’s probably not quite enough to rebuild the Republic fleet—those MC85 Star Cruisers are pricey—but it’ll certainly be enough for a nice vacation on Naboo.

Jumanji: The Next Level continues to perform well, too, banking another $35.3 million for its overseers at Sony. Despite its name, The Next Level hasn’t quite reached the level of its predecessor: The most recent Jumanji film has now earned $175.5 million domestically, nearly $35 million less than Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle earned by this point in its run in 2017. Still, that sort of cash is nothing to laugh at, you hyenas.

Director Greta Gerwig’s take on Little Women finished third with $16.5 million over the weekend, pushing it past Sony’s mild expectations. The new take on this much-beloved classic has earned $29 million since its Christmas Day release, and it could have a nice, healthy run.

It wasn’t the only newcomer to do relatively well at the box office. Spies in Disguise also outperformed what was expected of it, earning $13.2 million. Sure, those aren’t Skywalker-type figures, and it wasn’t enough to push fellow animated film Frozen II ($16.5 million) out of fourth place. But $13.2 million is hardly pigeon feed, either.

The awards hopeful 1917, which also technically opened on Christmas, didn’t even crack the top 10, earning just $570,000 over the weekend. But here’s the thing: It was only in 11 theaters. That means it averaged a whopping $52,000 per theater, compared to the $16,300 that Rise of Skywalker earned per theater. Expect to hear lots more about this film when it rolls wide Jan. 10.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Chuck Anziulewicz 17 days ago
Regarding "The Rise of Skywalker": My inner Star Wars fan gives it an 8 (out of 10). My inner movie critic gives it a 6 (and I'm really being kind). Plenty of CGI spectacle and colorful monsters, but also some plot holes, and it didn't resonate with me as emotionally as some other chapters. The cobbled-together footage of Carrie Fisher seemed awkward. At one point I found myself (dare I say it?) getting bored. And that's not good.
The Kenosha Kid 17 days ago
That's about right, Chuck. Lots of eye candy, but a video game-ish plot, not a ton of substance, and an annoying reluctance to let characters from the original movies rest in peace.

The Last Jedi (which was excellent) swerved away from the traditional notion of high-born aristocrats trying to define themselves in relation to some noble (or ignoble) lineage. But the fans got ticked off, so The Rise of Skywalker went back to playing it safe.

A better closing line would have been "I'm Rey. Just Rey. And I'm a Jedi."