BOX OFFICE: “Skywalker” falls to $72, “Little Women” clear $16

That’s not a terrible plummet, more a steep falloff for the “final” “Star Wars” film. It’s still trailing “Last Jedi,” at this same point in release. A big Xmas pushed it over $300 million and narrowed that gap considerably.

Any way you slice it, a $177 million opening weekend with a $72 million second weekend means a 60% drop. Films people talk up and love enough to see, en masse, more than once don’t fall that precipitously.

“Jumanji” is the real holdover star this holiday season — another $35 million. In two weeks, it will finish ahead of “Star Wars,” at least on a given weekend’s charts.

“Frozen 2” and “Little Women” piled up $16.5 each. “Little Women” is overperforming, with $29 million in North America, and decent money coming in from overseas as well.

“Spies in Disguise” underwhelmed at just over $13 for the weekend.

“Uncut Gems” did A24 and The Sand Man proud — a $9.5 million weekend, destined to set A24’s all time box office mark. And soon.

“Knives Out” did another $9+.

“Cats” gained no traction, not even clearing $5 million on its second weekend. “Bombshell” didn’t reach $5 either.

Several contenders that have been out awhile cleared $1 million, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “Ford v. Ferrari” among them.

“1917” pulled in over $1 million in very limited release since XMas, over $500k for the weekend. “Just Mercy” managed 1/5 of that in equally limited release.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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