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Skywalker Keeps Well-Reviewed Debut at Bay

Overall, the box office enjoys a fine Christmas boost
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2019 4:00 PM CST
Rise of Skywalker Fends Off Little Women
This image released by Sony Pictures shows, Saoirse Ronan and Timoth?e Chalamet in a scene from "Little Women."   (Wilson Webb/Sony Pictures via AP)

(Newser) – This holiday weekend, Hollywood got its favorite gift of all: ticket sales, Variety reports. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker led the 6.3% box-office spike over last year's frame, raking in a domestic $72 million, followed by Jumanji: The Next Level ($35 million), Little Women ($16.5 million), Frozen 2 ($16.5 million), and Spies in Disguise ($13.2 million), per Box Office Mojo. Newcomer Little Women attracted mostly female viewers with its great reviews, per the Hollywood Reporter, while Cats ($8.7 million) felt little Christmas cheer and fell to ninth spot amid crushing reviews. Another noteworthy debut was suspense thriller Uncut Gems, which is generating awards talk for Adam Sandler's performance despite a fairly low C+ CinemaScore. (So-so reviews may have slowed Skywalker.)

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