Powered by a wider release and a Golden Globe win for best drama film, the World War I saga “1917” led the way at North American theaters over the weekend, according to final figures released Monday.
Director/co-writer Sam Mendes’ war drama — which earned a best-picture Oscar nomination Monday — collected $37 million to top the box office, according to Comscore. The film had been in limited release for the previous two weeks, earning a total of about $2.7 million in that span.
But the film got a major publicity boost from the Jan. 5 Golden Globe awards, when it won for best drama film and Mendes won the prize for best director.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” took second place over the weekend, earning $15.2 million between Friday and Sunday. In its four weeks of release, the film has earned nearly $478.3 million.
The comedy “Jumanji: The Next Level” continued to attract moviegoers, earning $14 million over the weekend and pushing its five-week total to $257.1 million. Another comedy, “Like a Boss,” debuted in fourth place with $10 million, just ahead of the Jamie Foxx drama “Just Mercy,” which earned $9.7 million.
Rounding out the top 10 films of the weekend were “Little Women” ($7.8 million); “Underwater” ($7 million); “Frozen 2” ($5.9 million); “Knives Out” ($5.6 million); and “Spies in Disguise” ($5.2 million).