HOLLYWOOD─For the third consecutive weekend, “Star Wars” maintained its grip on the box-office and audiences. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” earned another $33 million to maintain the number one spot with moviegoers. That brings the film’s domestic tally to over $450 million. On a global scale, the ninth entry in the franchise has amounted over $900 million. I expect it to hit the $1 billion mark, but I’m not 100 percent certain on that milestone transpiring.
The sequel, “Jumanji: The Next Level” nabbed second place with $26.5 million, and is proving the sequel is just as big as its predecessor. After a month in theaters, “The Next Level” has earned over $236 million at the domestic box-office. Landing in third place was the dramedy “Little Women” with $13.6 million. The movie has earned over $60 million since its release on Christmas Day.
Rounding out the top five was a tie for fourth place between “Frozen II” and newest remake of “The Grudge.” Both flicks earned $11.3 million. Not an impressive debut for a remake of a remake, so don’t expect another sequel. This week, the big Golden Globe winner and war flick “1917” arrives in theaters. The question remains if the movie has the power to draw in audiences after the buzz it has generated.