Little Women: Gerwig’s New Version Shines, esp. among Women

Greta Gerwig’s new version of the classic tale Little Women, which opened on Christmas Day, is a  holiday winner.

Fueled by older females, the movie earned another $5.7 million on Friday for a projected five day debut of $28 million, well ahead of expectations for Sony and New Regency.

Following in fifth place is fellow Christmas Day opener Spies in Disguise, an animated kids pic voiced by Will Smith and Tom Holland. The Fox and Disney release, produced by Chernin Entertainment, is eyeing a five-day debut of $22 million.

Rian Johnson’s Knives Out — which has jumped the $100 million mark domestically in a notable milestone for an original title — should come in No. 6 for the five day holiday with $17 million for Lionsgate, MRC and T Street.

Like Little Women, A24’s specialty pic Uncut Gems starring Adam Sandler is sparkling after expanding nationwide on Christmas Day. The male-skewing dramedy is expected to collect $22 million in its five day debut, despite a C+ Cinemascore. More than 60 percent of ticket buyers are under the age of 35.