‘Little Women,’ ‘1917’ to Close Out 2019 Box Office

It’s the final countdown.As 2019 winds to a close, ticket sales remain down 4.6% from last year.

But movie theaters are relying on a range of offerings — new movies like “Little Women,” and holdovers including “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” and “Jumanji: The Next Level” — to provide one final box office jolt.

Though receipts aren’t expected to match 2018’s domestic record, the stretch between Christmas and New Year is often the busiest time for moviegoing and could help boost this year’s bottom line.After “Rise of Skywalker” kicked off last weekend with $177 million in domestic ticket sales, the ninth entry in the space-opera series will easily reign supreme again.

If “Rise of Skywalker” sees a decline similar to its trilogy predecessors, 2015’s “The Force Awakens” and 2017’s “The Last Jedi,” the tentpole could earn another $75 million to $80 million over the five-day holiday weekend.Two new movies will

Read full article