Ridley Scott raced to finish ‘All the Money in the World’ after replacing disgraced actor Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer; Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Molly’s Game’ likewise launches on Christmas Day.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle continued to dominate the box office on Christmas Day, while a newcomer to the crowded holiday feast of movies was director Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World.
All the Money in the World debuted to an OK $2.6 million from 2,068 theaters. Scott’s and Sony’s TriStar decided to launch the film Dec. 25 to provide some breathing room from the flood of movies opening over Christmas weekend, and are counting on attracting adults throughout the week.
In a Herculean effort, Scott raced to finish his movie in time for its year-end release after replacing disgraced actor Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer, a pricey decision requiring reshoots and a new marketing campaign. All the Money in the World, also starring Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams, recounts the story of the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty’s grandson. The movie received a B CinemaScore.
Also debuting Monday, albeit in far fewer theaters, was Aaron Sorkin’s feature directorial debut, Molly’s Game, starring Jessica Chastain. From STXfilms, Molly’s Game, earning an A- CinemaScore, opened to an estimated $1 million from 271 theaters.
After a lull Christmas Eve, moviegoing picked up in earnest Christmas Day as films saw huge day-over-day gains. The corridor between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day is the most lucrative stretch of the year. This year is especially important if the revenue gap at the domestic box office is to come in only 1 or 2 percent behind 2016’s record $11.4 billion. Hollywood certainly isn’t pleased that revenue for three-day weekend was down 6 percent from that of last year.
Disney’s and Lucasfilm’s The Last Jedi remained by far the biggest player, grossing $27.5 million Monday from 4,232 theaters for a four-day holiday haul of $99 million, pushing its domestic total to $395.6 million. Globally, it stands at $791.6 million.
Domestically, The Last Jedi is trailing Star Wars: The Force Awakens by nearly $175 million, but the true barometer will be where Last Jedi‘s gross stands at the end of New Year’s weekend.
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