Box Office: ‘1917’ Explodes for $37 Million Weekend, Topping ‘Star Wars’ 

By Variety Staff

Universal and DreamWorks’ “1917” is riding sky-high following its Golden Globes victories, scoring $36.5 million at the U.S. box office in its first weekend playing nationwide.

Sam Mendes’ World War I drama, which took home best picture and best director at Sunday’s Globes, had previously nabbed $2.7 million in limited release after opening in select cities on Christmas Day.

With Oscar nominations expected Monday, “1917” could see further awards buzz over the next several weeks. The $90 million-budgeted pic, starring George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, received an A- CinemaScore from audiences and is currently playing over 3,400 locations.

In second place, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is headed for $15.3 million in its fourth weekend. Disney’s final installment in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars trilogy is nearing a colossal $500 million at the domestic box office.

“Jumanji: The Next Level,” meanwhile, continues to hold steady with a $13 million weekend. Sony’s action-adventure sequel will hit the $250 million mark this weekend. 

New releases “Like a Boss,” starring Tiffany Haddish, and “Just Mercy” with Michael B. Jordan and Jaime Foxx, round out the top 5 with $11 million and $10.8 million, respectively. This weekend’s other notable release, Kristen Stewart’s $80 million-budgeted “Underwater,” is sinking fast. According to estimates, the 20th Century Fox thriller is having trouble cracking $6 million.