Sam Mendes’ 1917 won the Friday box office with a victorious $14 million for a projected $37 million U.S. weekend, well ahead of expectations and one of the best nationwide starts ever for the month of January.
The acclaimed World War I drama, which had been tracking for a $20 million to $25 million weekend, also ends the reign of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which had topped the charts since blasting off Dec. 20. Powered by older adults, 1917 is no doubt getting a boost from its top Golden Globe wins last weekend. The Amblin and Universal release also showed plenty of promise when first opening on Christmas Day in 11 theaters in seven cities.
The film received an A- CinemaScore from Friday’s audience. More than 50 percent of ticket buyers were 35 or older, while 60 percent were male. The period war epic, costing roughly $90 million to produce before marketing, was filmed to appear as if it were unfolding in one continuous shot (the cinematographer was Roger Deakins).
Rise of Skywalker, which has grossed north of $950 million globally, will come in No. 2 in its fourth weekend with an estimated $15 million to $16 million, followed by fellow holdover Jumanji: The Next Level with $13 million to $14 million in its fifth weekend.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Universal Pictures
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