Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Finally Loses No. 1 Box Office Spot, As 1917 Starts Strong

After a run of four straight weekends atop the US box office charts, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has finally been pushed out of the top spot. 1917, director Sam Mendes’ acclaimed World War I movie, finished No. 1 with $37 million in the US and Canada, which is more than double the $15.1 million that Rise of Skywalker made to end the weekend at No. 2.

This was 1917’s third weekend in theatres, though it was the first weekend where the film was released widely. The expanded release helped box office results, while 1917’s Best Drama win at the Golden Globes also surely improved things for the film. In total, 1917 has now made $60.4 million worldwide.

Mendes, whose film American Beauty won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, filmed 1917 in a unique manner. The movie was shot to appear as if it was one continuous single shot, with the action moving forward for the entirety of the film. The story follows two young soldiers, played by Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay, who must deliver a message that could save the lives of 1,600 soldiers.

Colin Firth and Andrew Scott also appear in the movie, while the legendary Oscar-winner Roger Deakins did the cinematography. 1917 is expected to pick up multiple Oscar nominations following its strong performance at the Golden Globes earlier this month.

For lots more on 1917, check out GameSpot sister site CNET’s interview with Mendes and other members of the cast.

The Rise of Skywalker has now made $989 million worldwide, edging closer to $1 billion. Finishing No. 3 this weekend was Jumanji: The Next Level, which made a further $14 million to push its total worldwide haul to $671 million. The new Kristen Stewart movie Underwater opened to $7 million.

Jan 10-12 US/Canada Box Office

via Entertainment Weekly

  1. 1917—$37 million
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—$15.1 million
  3. Jumanji: The Next Level— $14 million
  4. Like a Boss—$10 million
  5. Have Mercy—$10 million
  6. Little Women—$8 million
  7. Underwater— $7 million
  8. Frozen 2— $6 million
  9. Knives Out—$6 million
  10. Spies in Disguise—$5.1 million

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