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'Star Wars' passes 'Beauty and the Beast' as top 2017 earner

This image released by Lucasfilm shows Daisy Ridley as Rey in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is off to a death star-sized start at the box office. Disney says Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, that eighth installment in the space franchise has earned an estimated $45 million from Thursday night showings. (Lucasfilm via AP)

On the last day of the calendar year, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" has surpassed "Beauty and the Beast" as the top grossing film in North America in 2017.

The Walt Disney Studios said Sunday that "The Last Jedi" is estimated to add $52.4 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $517.1 million. It also crossed the $1 billion mark globally after just three weeks in theaters.

"Beauty and the Beast," also a Disney release, netted out with $504 million for the year.

"The Last Jedi" has also topped the charts for the third weekend in a row. "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" is close on its tail, however. The Dwayne Johnson family pic from Columbia Pictures is in second place with an estimated $50.6 million.

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