On the final day of the calendar 12 months, “Star Wars: The Final Jedi” has surpassed “Magnificence and the Beast” as the highest grossing movie in North America in 2017. It additionally topped the charts for the weekend for the third time, however simply barely — Dwayne Johnson’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is shut on its tail.
In line with studio estimates on Sunday, “The Final Jedi” will add $52.four million over the weekend bringing its home complete to $517.1 million. “Magnificence and the Beast,” additionally a Disney launch, netted out with $504 million for the 12 months.
With the weekend’s earnings, “The Final Jedi” may even cross the $1 billion mark globally — even earlier than it opens in China on Jan. 5.
However “Star Wars” is going through some hefty competitors nonetheless, from the likes of The Rock, Jack Black and Kevin Hart, whose “Jumanji” sequel took in $50.6 million in its second weekend in theaters to take second place. The Columbia Footage movie has earned a shocking $169.eight million up to now and will even attain $300 million domestically by the top of its run.
The acapella franchise “Pitch Excellent three” took third place in weekend two, with $17.eight million, bringing its complete to $64.three million — nonetheless lower than what “Pitch Excellent 2” earned on its opening weekend alone in Could 2015 ($69.2 million).
One other musical, “The Biggest Showman,” with Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, got here in fourth place with $15.three million after including 310 screens. The animated youngsters movie “Ferdinand” took fifth with $11.7 million.
In its first weekend in theaters after debuting on Christmas Day, Ridley Scott’s “All of the Cash within the World” took in $5.5 million, bringing its complete to $12.6 million. The movie received some added recognition when Scott changed Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer and reshot parts of the movie solely 6 weeks earlier than it was set to hit theaters. However the hype of the spectacular feat hasn’t translated into massive earnings.
One other adult-targeted movie, Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” is struggling in theaters, taking in $four.6 million in its second weekend in theaters. The Matt Damon-starrer has earned solely $17.1 million up to now in opposition to a $68 million manufacturing price range.
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In restricted launch, Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Sport,” starring Jessica Chastain, earned $2.33 million. The movie concerning the “poker princess” Molly Bloom expands on Jan. 5. And Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” earned $220,000 from 4 theaters over the weekend after its Christmas opening. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a designer, “Phantom Thread” has grossed $531,000 up to now.
“As finish of 12 months marketplaces go, it is a nice time to be a moviegoer,” stated Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for comScore. “There are such a lot of motion pictures on the market, the one trick is how do you see all of them.”
The 12 months as a complete will surpass $11 billion once more, with comScore projecting $11.12 billion, which is down 2.three p.c from final 12 months’s record-breaking grosses ($11.four billion), and virtually on par with 2015’s $11.14 billion.
“We really had a extremely nice finish of 12 months surge,” Dergarabedian stated. “‘Star Wars’ including a few half billion did not damage. However ‘Star Wars’ did not do that alone. It is not simply concerning the massive motion pictures on the prime, it is also concerning the smaller motion pictures that offered a extremely nice basis. Each greenback counts.”
Estimated ticket gross sales for Friday by way of Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, in accordance with comScore. Remaining home figures shall be launched Monday.
1.”Star Wars: The Final Jedi,” $52.four million.
2.”Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” $50.6 million.
three.”Pitch Excellent three,” $17.eight million.
four.”The Biggest Showman,” $15.three million.
5.”Ferdinand,” $11.7 million.
6.”Coco,” $6.6 million.
7.”All of the Cash within the World,” $5.5 million.
eight.”Darkest Hour,” $5.three million.
9.”Downsizing,” $four.6 million.
10.”Father Figures,” $three.7 million.