January 2019 Gets the New Year Off to a Slow Start

January 2019 Gets the New Year Off to a Slow Start
The new year got off to a bit of a slow start with January 2019 delivering $812.4 million in calendar grosses, ranking as the 11th best January of all-time, -15.5% behind last year. Notable is the absence of a new Star Wars film carrying over from a December release, something the last three Januarys all took advantage of, and this year's crop of Oscar nominees didn't provide a late year release that could match the buzz generated from films such as American Sniper, The Revenant or Hidden Figures. Despite the month's overall performance, there were a few highlights among the month's new releases that might not carry large budgets or have delivered $100+ million in domestic box office revenue, but based on their small scale they more than helped out the bottom line for their respective distributors. Leading the charge in January, thanks to the carryover success of Aquaman, was Warner Bros., which
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