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Box Office: ‘Star Wars’ Unwraps Huge $35M Christmas Day, ‘Little Women’ Opens

J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is crushing the Christmas Day box office with as much as $35 million, the second best showing of all time behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($49.3 million), according to early estimates.Once presents are unwrapped on Dec. 25th, the most concentrated corridor of the year commences for […]

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JJ Abrams Says ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Critics Are ‘Right’ – But So Are the Ones Who Loved It

J.J. Abrams responded to critics of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” by saying that those who dislike his film are “right,” but then so are the people who loved the movie.Abrams gave that diplomatic answer at a recent Academy screening of “The Rise of Skywalker” on Friday, acknowledging that it’s impossible to please everyone,“I’d […]

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‘Uncut Gems’ Keeps Rolling, Crosses $1 Million at Indie Box Office

Despite the presence of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” A24’s “Uncut Gems” held on to the top per screen average for the second straight weekend. In advance of its wide Christmas Day release, the Safdie Bros. thriller crossed the $1 million mark with $232,479 grossed from five screens, giving it an average of $46,496 […]

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Box Office: ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Crushes Competition Overseas

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” left its box office competitors in the dust, debuting overseas to a mighty $198 million.Though the ninth installment in the space opera series is tanking in China, where it launched with $12.1 million, “Rise of Skywalker” was the No. 1 film in nearly every other international market. Directed by […]

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Generates $90 Million on Friday, ‘Cats’ Stumbling

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will crush the box office this weekend with an enormous $195 million after taking in $90 million on Friday.“The Rise of Skywalker’s” Friday total represents the sixth-highest opening day of all time, behind “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which generated $91 million when it opened in […]

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‘Rise of Skywalker’ Good Enough but Down in Thursday Shows; ‘Cats’ Not Feline So Good

Per-theater averages are usually one of the nerdiest box-office metrics, but sometimes they’re incredibly acute. For example: Thursday-night numbers for “Cats” reflected about 25 ticket buyers per show, with two shows per theater.Remember “The Lion King” last summer? The remake with a somewhat derisive critical response (Metacritic: 55) saw a domestic gross of $544 million, […]

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‘The Sneider Cut’ Ep. 21: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Cats’ and The Best Movies of the Decade

On the latest episode of The Sneider Cut, Variety’s Justin Kroll joins your esteemed host Jeff Sneider, and together the two scoopers run down their Best Movies of the Decade lists, which feature a couple of the same titles, including Sicario. Elsewhere, Jeff and Justin discuss Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and what it […]

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Awakens to $40 Million at Thursday Box Office

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the final film in the epic Skywalker saga of the “Star Wars” franchise, made $40 million at the box office in Thursday night previews beginning at 6 p.m. It opens on over 4,300 screens this weekend.Disney is projecting “The Rise of Skywalker” to earn in the $160 million range […]

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Flops in China on Friday Debut

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is expected to the biggest film of the weekend globally and in North America, where an opening weekend of $170 million-$200 million is likely. But in China, it’s on course to be the weakest-performing installment of the new batch of “Star Wars” films.On Friday, in its first official sessions […]

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