New York (CNN Business) – A war movie once again topped the box office this weekend. However, it was located in the trenches of World War I rather than in a galaxy far, far away.
“1917,” Universal’s intense and award-winning drama in World War I, raised an estimated $ 36.5 million in North America. That was enough to take first place this weekend and dethrone “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” The ninth and final installment of the Skywalker saga had been number 1 at the box office during the last three weekends.
The box office of “1917” can be modest, but the great achievement of the drama this weekend is a victory for Universal. It also helps the study move forward after its previous release, “Cats,” which was one of the biggest failures of last year.
“1917” also exceeded expectations, which brought it closer to US $ 20 million nationwide. So far it has raised US $ 60.3 million worldwide.
The film, directed by “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes, probably received a boost thanks to his big night at the Golden Globe last weekend. The drama, which follows two young British soldiers competing against time to deliver a message that could save hundreds of their companions, won the award for best drama film and best director for Mendes.
And the movie’s solid box office revenue could continue as it approaches the Academy Awards next month, where it could be one of the big favorites.
“1917” could also have received a boost from the public interested in seeing the technical aspects of the film. “1917” is a war movie filmed in what seems like a continuous take, to give it the effect of occurring in real time.
As for “Rise of Skywalker”, the Disney film came in second with an estimated US $ 15.1 million nationwide in its fourth week since its premiere.
Universal, owned by Comcast, will seek to maintain the momentum of the box office next week with the launch of “Dolittle.” The big-budget family movie, starring Robert Downey Jr. as the man who can talk to animals, hits theaters on January 17.