It’s a new year but, as with every January, it’s the December releases that are still remaining supreme at the first-weekend box office of the new year. There was little expectations for the new remake of “The Grudge,” despite the heavy marketing of being an R-rated horror film, as though that were somehow rare in this day and age. With no press screening, “The Grudge” quietly slipped into cinema will little fanfare. As a result, the horror remake only mustered $11.3 million to arrive at #4 for the weekend. Not a strong start, even for a picture which probably didn’t cost Sony too much to produce.
No surprises here about which films remain in the top 3. “Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker” continues to remain supreme in its third weekend. Though its weekend gains were only a mere $33 million, the film has already made $450 million domestically and is quickly approaching $1 billion worldwide. Though its speed of box office success is somewhat lacking compared to the previous two pictures in this Star Wars trilogy, it’s still pulling in a hefty chunk of change.
Just below it was “Jumanji: The Next Level,” still remaining strong as a family adventure picture debuting before “Star Wars,” making $26 million with a domestic total now at $236 million. And Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” continues to hold the Christmas crowd as it made $13 million for the weekend and has grossed $60 million domestically overall. And it’s worth mentioning that plenty of November releases are still holding strong, with “Frozen II” and “Knives Out” still remaining in the top 10.
Check out the top 10 weekend box office results below:
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ($33,739,000)
Jumanji: The Next Level ($26,500,000)
Little Women ($13,575,000)
The Grudge ($11,300,000)
Frozen II ($11,291,000)
Spies in Disguise ($10,084,000)
Knives Out ($9,025,000)
Uncut Gems ($7,826,928)