'The Last Jedi' surpasses $1 billion worldwide, 'Jumanji' has a fantastic weekend

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Photo: Lucasfilm)

Weekend Box Office for December 29-31, 2017

(KUTV) With $517 million, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has blown past “Beauty and the Beast” to become the highest-grossing domestic release in 2017. To put that in perspective, it took “Beauty and the Beast” 15 weeks to reach the $500 million mark domestically. “The Last Jedi” accomplished that in 16 days. Worldwide the film also surpassed the $1 billion mark and currently sits in third place behind only “Fate of the Furious” and “Beauty and the Beast.” The film has yet to open in China where “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” brought in $124 million. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” wrapped its Chinese run with $69 million.

Over the three-day weekend “The Last Jedi” brought in $52 million and with Monday being a holiday, the film is expected to add another $10 – 15 million to its domestic total for a total around $65.5 million.

Yes, the current total of $517 million is well behind the $740 million domestic total that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was posting at this point in 2015, but it matches the final domestic total of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and will surpass that film’s final world totals this week.

Those quick to call “The Last Jedi” a failure or a disappointment might want to ask Fox, Paramount, Sony or Warner Bros. if they’d be willing to suffer this kind of “set back.”

The real surprise of the weekend is the performance of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” The film will finish the weekend in second place with $50 million, more than $10 million above predictions, but is expected to finish the 4-day weekend ahead of “The Last Jedi” with $67 million. “Jumanji” currently has a domestic total of $186 million and will cruise past $200 million by Tuesday.

Back in third place is “Pitch Perfect 3” with $17.7 million. Currently the film has a domestic total of $69 million. That bests the original film’s domestic run of $65 million. The film won’t catch “Pitch Perfect 2,” which finished with a domestic total of $184 million and $287 million worldwide, but having already passed $100 million worldwide, “Pitch Perfect 3” is going to turn a profit.

In fourth place is “The Greatest Showman” with $15.2 million. That’s $5 million more than expected and essentially $5 million more than the film did during its opening weekend. The Hugh Jackman film about P.T. Barnum, has now earned $53 million.

Ferdinand,” Fox’s animated film about a kind-hearted bull, wraps up the top five with $11.6 million, a marvelous total considering the film only did $13 million when it opened against “The Last Jedi” on December 15. The film’s worldwide total of $125.7 million is just enough to cover the film’s production budget, but clearly audiences are keen on catching up on the films that they missed by seeing “The Last Jedi.”

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