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War drama ‘1917’ marches to box-office victory

Universal’s war drama 1917 took command of the North American box office this weekend, riding its Golden Globes success to earn an estimated $36.5 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

War drama ‘1917’ marches to box-office victory
'1917' is an epic war film directed, co-written and produced by Sam Mendes. The film stars George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The film’s unexpectedly strong showing was timely, with Oscar nominations set to be announced on Monday. Last Sunday it won Golden Globes—often a predictor of Oscar success—for both best drama and best director (Sam Mendes).

1917, filmed as if in one long, continuous shot -- one critic called it a “protean display of virtuoso filmmaking”—flourished despite a lack of A-list stars. The central characters, two British lance corporals on a desperate mission, are played by George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman; Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch have minor roles.

Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, fell to second place after a month in first with a take of $15.1 million. The finale of the nine-film Skywalker Saga has now taken in a global total just shy of $1 billion.

In third, down one spot from last weekend, was Sony’s action sequel Jumanji: The Next Level, which earned $14 million for third place in the Friday-through-Sunday period. It stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart.

Tied for fourth place were Paramount’s new release Like a Boss and Warner Bros. drama Just Mercy, each with $10 million.

Like a Boss stars Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, and Salma Hayek in the story of two friends whose small beauty company is targeted by an industry titan.

Topics: 1917 , Golden Globes , George MacKay , Dean-Charles Chapman
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