'Rise of Skywalker' Faces Incoming Competition from 'Little Women', 'Spies in Disguise' and 'Uncut Gems'
SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Sony's Little Women is leading this week's crop of new releases, pulling in an estimated $5.74 million on Friday with the studio anticipating a three-day performance just shy of $16 million and a five-day opening topping $28 million. The film received an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

Fox's Spies in Disguise brought in an estimated $4.6 million and is looking at a three-day performance around $13 million and a five-day debut nearing $22 million. The film also received an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

You can check out all of the Friday estimates right here and we'll be back tomorrow morning with a complete look at the weekend.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Using Christmas Day as a jumping off point, the last weekend of 2019 will enjoy a full five days of movie going with children out of school, parents off work and families looking for someplace warm to spend a few hours and there is plenty to choose from. Disney hopes audiences will turn up for the second weekend of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker while new offerings include Fox's animated feature Spies in Disguise, Sony's Little Women and A24 has gone wide with Uncut Gems. The last time Christmas fell on a Wednesday was 2013 and before that 2002, so we'll be looking at those two weekends for some guidance as to just how well this weekend's films will perform thanks to the lucrative holiday timing.

Set to repeat atop the box office is Disney's Rise of Skywalker. The latest installment in the Star Wars franchise delivered the second largest Christmas Day gross all-time on Wednesday and should easily post a better hold over its second weekend than Last Jedi did a couple year back when it dipped -67.5%. Right now we're anticipating a drop around -45% this weekend and a three-day just shy of $98 million for a domestic cume topping $380 million by Sunday.

For the next two spots, the weekend should mimic last weekend's results with Jumanji: The Next Level and Frozen II taking the second and third spots respectively. Right now we're looking for Jumanji to deliver a weekend performance over $38 million for a domestic cume topping $175 million while Frozen II should land $19+ million, pushing its domestic cume over $420 million by the end of the weekend.

Last Friday, Sony came out with expectations for the five-day weekend for Little Women, anticipating a $16-17 million opening from 3,308 locations. The film delivered a $6.4 million opening day on Christmas and now the studio is projecting a five-day north of $22 million, and yet we're still seeing potential for a larger performance. The $6.4 million opening is nearly $1.5 million ahead of the Wednesday opening for Crazy Rich Asians last year and that film went on to gross over $35 million over its first five days. Added to that, Little Women is pacing just behind Crazy Rich Asians over the two weeks leading up to release as well as performing similarly to September's release of Downton Abbey, which has us anticipating a three-day north of $17 million and a five day performance topping $30 million.

The question now becomes what film rounds out the top five. We're anticipating Lionsgate's Knives Out will continue its strong run and deliver a three-day around $12 million, but will that be enough to hold off Fox's animated release Spies in Disguise?

Spies in Disguise delivered $4.8 million on Christmas Day and heading into the film's opening, the studio was anticipating a five-day launch around $20 million. Given the film's opening day, a performance closer to studio expectations would mean we'd be looking at a three-day around $10 million, but some industry expectations are now putting the film's five-day opening closer to $25 million, which would suggest a three-day closer to $15-16 million. A look at IMDb page views shows Spies pacing poorly when compared to releases such as 2013's Turbo, 2015's The Good Dinosaur and 2017's Ferdinand, which has us projecting a performance close to the lower end of the two aforementioned scenarios and a three-day around $11 million.

A couple of spots further down the list we find A24's Uncut Gems, which enjoyed a strong Christmas Day showing as it expanded into 2,341 locations and now this weekend we're looking for a three-day performance around $8-9 million.

Limited releases already in theaters include Universal's 1917 in 11 theaters and WB's Just Mercy in just four locations, both will be expanding nationwide in the coming weeks.

This weekend's forecast is directly below. This post will be updated with Friday estimates on Saturday morning followed by a complete weekend recap on Sunday.

  • Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (4,406 theaters) - $97.6 M
  • Jumanji: The Next Level (4,227 theaters) - $38.4 M
  • Frozen II (3,265 theaters) - $19.4 M
  • Little Women (3,308 theaters) - $17.2 M
  • Knives Out (2,022 theaters) - $12.0 M
  • Spies in Disguise (3,502 theaters) - $11.0 M
  • Uncut Gems (2,341 theaters) - $8.5 M
  • Cats (3,380 theaters) - $6.4 M
  • Bombshell (1,480 theaters) - $5.2 M
  • Richard Jewell (2,502 theaters) - $1.4 M

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