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The Rise of Skywalker is continuing to rake in the cash following a very strong debut at the box office last weekend. Disney and Lucasfilm's latest has the benefit of being the big release this holiday season, with many families heading to the movies during Christmas. It turns out quite a few of those families decided to see how the Skywalker saga wrapped up, as the movie had the second-best Christmas day ever at the box office.
With a take of $32 million on Christmas day, that puts Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker behind only The Force Awakens $49.3 million all-time on the holiday. The Last Jedi brought in $27.4 million on Christmas back in 2017. What's more, thanks to strong word of mouth, Episode IX is continuing to bring in big box office bucks overseas as well. As of this writing, the movie has grossed $573 million globally, meaning it should push its way past the $600 million mark heading into the weekend. It's also worth noting that the movie has quite a few markets it hasn't yet opened in around the world.
With $177.3 million on its opening weekend, there was some question as to how much money the latest entry in a galaxy far, far away would be able to bring in. While that's a huge number, good enough for the third-best December opening ever, it was behind both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. However, as we're seeing, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is holding over quite well and could have long legs heading into the new year. That is great news for Disney, as it's only adding to their massive, record-breaking year at the box office.At this rate, it's all but assured that director J.J. Abrams' conclusion to the sequel trilogy will, at the very least, cross the $1 billion mark worldwide. That means every single Star Wars movie released by Disney since they purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, save for Solo, will have amassed a ten-figure sum. While there has been much debate amongst the fanbase and critics between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, it's hard to deny that the numbers are on Disney's side here.
Disney is taking a break from putting Star Wars on the big screen until December 2022. We're no longer going to be following the main saga that has been playing out since George Lucas introduced the franchise to us in 1977, but there are plenty of stories to be told. It's a big galaxy. For now, it's a complete mystery as to what we'll see in 2022 and beyond, as David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the duo behind Game of Thrones, parted ways with Lucasfilm over their planned trilogy. Be that as it may, Disney will surely want to keep the money train rolling. This news was previously reported by Variety.
Take that, Game of Thrones Starbucks cup. Little Women just one-upped the famous background prop error of the HBO fantasy series with not one, but two modern water bottles sitting in the background of Greta Gerwig‘s Oscar-nominated period piece, just waiting to steal the scene from Timothée Chalamet. Sorry, Timmy.
One of the defining elements of Gerwig’s astounding adaptation of Little Women is its detailed set design — the houses and rooms of the film set in post-Civil War America packed with objects and knick-knacks that communicate the overwhelming warmth of the film. But maybe not detailed enough.
An avid fan of Little Women spotted a modern Hydroflask and water bottle sitting in the background of the scene in the film when the March sisters storm Laurie’s Chalamet house after Amy Florence Pugh has been punished by her teacher. In the shot of Chalamet watching the energetic girls tear through his study room, you can spot the two modern objects that shouldn’t be sitting in an 1861 Massachusetts house.
This is my third time rewatching little women and I just noticed there is hydro flask and water bottle. pic.twitter.com/v3n4fOuCXV
— ????? @ladyunagi March 31, 2020
The water bottles were spotted by Madelyn Rancourt, who posted the image on TikTok, where it was went viral and spread to Twitter. Rancourt would follow up with a second TikTok video showing Little Women stars Saoirse Ronan, Chalamet, and Dern discussing this very scene with Gerwig for a Vanity Fair video, with none of them appearing any the wiser.
It’s a pretty big goof on Gerwig and her crew’s part, but it’s by no means the worst prop error to show up in a major feature film or TV show.
Uncut Gems generated a massive buzz for its inclusion of unexpected guest performances from the likes of Kevin Garnett and The Weeknd but it turns out there was one potential performance we all missed out on. According to Harlem rap godfather Cam'ron, he was supposed to star in the film alongside Jonah Hill and Manhattan Diamond District jewelers Izzy and Joseph Aranbayev aka Avianne & Co., but he was ultimately bypassed for unknown reasons.
Cam posted to Instagram in response to a feature on Complex about Avianne & Co. and their role in helping to make the Safdie brothers' film a reality. The feature reveals that the Aranbayev brothers were supposed to join the other sibling duo in crafting the film — however, despite providing many of the jewelry pieces used in it, they didn't get the opportunity to appear in it themselves.
Cam'ron not only confirmed their story, he added a detail of his own: That he believes Josh Safdie used him to get to the Aranbayev brothers, as he was one of their loyal customers. He complains that the role they wanted to give his was “sucker ass role” and that he didn't even get a shout-out in the credits. However, he insists that Safdie is “still my guy” and jokingly requests a consultant fee, ultimately congratulates everyone involved on the film's success.
Check out the post above.
Week three of no theatrical releases. That will technically change soon — Universal’s premium VOD-opening “Trolls World Tour” has a handful of still-open drive-ins to play don’t expect any grosses reported. But it was a week full of important stories, with particular interest in a series of release date adjustments. However, no date can be realized if theaters aren’t open, and nobody knows when that will be.
• Exhibitor trade organization NATO held a webinar Friday. President John Fifthian raised hope that some theaters might be open by late May or early June. AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron, who oversees the most screens in North America reiterated his hopes for mid-June.
• With the COVID-19 still in its early stages of national spread, uncertainty about the curve flattening, and signs that in China, which had the earliest outbreaks three months ago, that viral decline doesn’t equal viral defeat, the reality is it could be weeks before anyone can make a reasonable assessment on reopening.
• Countering industry optimism that after weeks indoors, people will flock to theaters is a survey by Performance Research about public attitudes on return to public events. It saw 49 percent of respondents saying feeling safe about returning to theaters ranged from in a few months to never, with 28 percent saying if they do return, it will be less often. That said: This is a snapshot taken nearly two weeks ago, and shouldn’t be considered predictive. It showed similar or worse results for sporting events, concerts, and theme parks.
• Sports league executives spoke with President Trump, who urged resumption as soon as possible. However, Dr. Alan Sills, chief medical officer for the NFL, cautioned it is premature to believe that football can return this fall. Governors in some states that aren’t fully shut down, like Nebraska, encouraged voluntary compliance — with the threat that if the virus isn’t contained, their ardent fans might not have a season. Sports, of course, demand close player and spectator contact, and are more vulnerable even than theaters to the ongoing threat of contagion. But the idea that it is conceivable the country could have a year with no more sports is even more shocking than disruption to theaters.
• The key takeaway from multiple studio release schedule changes is, in re-dating titles, they don’t expect theaters to be fully operational until July at the earliest. Though key June and July titles like Pixar’s “Soul” and Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” remain in those months, “Mulan” on July 24 is the earliest rescheduled date for any major title. Other date changes act as a diversion while theaters are closed, but the reality is everything is written in pencil, not pen.