'1917' set to conquer 'Star Wars' at the box office

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LOS ANGELES, Cali. (CNN) - Four movies either open in wide release or expand wide this weekend, and one of them is set to take down "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" at the box office.

Dean-Charles Chapman (L) as Lance Corporal Blake and George MacKay as Lance Corporal Schofield from the movie "1917" | Source: Universal via MGN

Fresh off two big Golden Globe wins, "1917" is looking to leap over the new "Star Wars." The World War I pic, which appears to unfold in one continuous take, expands to wide release, and box office watchers expect it to lead the way with 20 to 25 million dollars this weekend.

Analysts disagree on the other film expanding to wide release. "Just Mercy," starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, is based on a true story and tackles racism in the criminal justice system. Deadline reports the drama will top out at 10 million dollars this weekend, while The Hollywood Reporter forecast puts it in the high teens.

Experts are also split on "Like a Boss." Rose Byrne and Tiffany Haddish star in the comedy, which Deadline declares will debut with 10 to 12-and-a-half million dollars, while The Hollywood Reporter is more optimistic, saying the film could reach 15 million in its opening weekend.

All that competition figures to sink "Underwater." Kristen Stewart leads the ensemble in the deep-sea horror thriller, which experts agree will fare the poorest of these four films. The Hollywood Reporter sees it grossing up to 10 million dollars, while Deadline says it won't get out of single digits in its debut.

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