Tavern Talk: Video Review - THE GRUDGE

It's been a minute since I've written one of these box-office catch-up columns and that's largely due to the previous two Wednesdays being Christmas day and New Year's day, but here we are-the second Wednesday of the month-and what do we have to talk about? Sony's new re-make of The Grudge? It apparently "topped" studio expectations with $11.4 million on a $10 million budget, but was only able to round out the weekend's top five with nearly all of the weekend's holdovers in that top five dropping less than 40% compared to the previous weekend. Sure, The Grudge made back its production budget in the first weekend, but it will need a good showing from overseas grosses to break even as the flick will essentially be dead in the water in the U.S. after opening weekend. Besides the fact this weekend holds two new wide releases in Like A Boss and Underwater it also holds two pretty big expansions in 1917 and Just Mercy. One can also count on the fact theaters won't be taking out Star Wars, Frozen or Little Women to make room for newcomers, but it will be The Grudge that must say adios. Further, the film's "F" CinemaScore doesn't bode well for future prospects nor does its day-to-day performance over the weekend as it dropped 28% from Friday to Saturday and 42% from Saturday to Sunday. As The Grudge opened at the bottom of the top five last weekend though, lets take a look at what was ahead of it as Disney's domination continued through the final weekend of the holiday break. In the number one spot for the third consecutive week was Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker topping $450 million domestic and over $900 million worldwide with a $33 million domestic haul over the weekend while adding another $50.5 million internationally. In second was the first of three Sony titles in the top five as Jumanji: The Next Level ended its fourth weekend in release with $26.5 million domestic, dropping just -25% from the previous frame, for a domestic cume of $236.2 million as well as another $42.4 million internationally, bringing the overseas total to $374 million for a worldwide tally of $610 million. Little Women continued to have a strong showing in third place as it garnered $13.57 million this weekend bringing the film's domestic total to $60 million after only twelve days of release as the film added $9.5 million internationally for an overseas cume of $20.4 million and a worldwide total nearing $82 million on an estimated budget of $40 million. Meanwhile, in fourth Frozen II officially became the highest grossing animated release of all time reaching $1.325 billion worldwide. As always, be sure to follow the official TAVERN TALK by Initial Reaction YouTube channel as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where you can find a new review (or reviews) each week! 

Read my full The Grudge review.

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