Monday Morning Box Office Report: Jumanji Sets a New High Score, Black Christmas and Richard Jewell Struggle

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After the success of the 2017 reboot / sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level took the franchise to new heights over the weekend, opening to approximately $60 million. That is the largest December debut ever for Sony and the 13th largest December start of all time. While the movie will no doubt drop significantly next weekend thanks to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it seems likely to repeat the previous film’s staying power as it continues over the holidays. Frozen II fell to second followed by Knives Out in third. Meanwhile, despite opening in the top 5, both Richard Jewell and Black Christmas both turned in two of the worst openings ever for a major release. They earned just $5 million and $4.4 million respectively, although Clint Eastwood’s film is probably the bigger flop considering it carries a $45 million budget and limited prospects overseas. Outside the top 10, Uncut Gems earned $525,498 from just five locations, giving it the best per theatre average ever for distributor A24. The movie is now expected to build on the strong buzz and will open wide on Christmas Day.

1. Jumanji: The Next Level — $60.1M
2. Frozen II — $19.2M
3. Knives Out — $9.3M
4. Richard Jewell — $5M
5. Black Christmas — $4.4M
6. Ford v Ferrari — $4.1M
7. Queen & Slim — $3.6M
8. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood — $3.4M
9. Dark Waters — $2M
10. 21 Bridges — $1.2M