The Last Jedi Leads Christmas Weekend
Star Wars: The Last Jedi added $99.03 million to its haul over the four-day Christmas weekend (Dec. 22-25) and $71.57 million over the traditional three-day weekend, easily continuing to lead the way as the heart of the holiday season took effect.
With the weekend’s four-day gross, the blockbuster sequel now stands at a massive $395.63 million domestic total through just nine days of play, pacing 31 percent ahead of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and 27 percent behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, whose eighth day landed on Christmas.
The Last Jedi already ranks as the third highest grossing domestic release of 2017 — surpassing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s $389.8 million run. It is the first time in history that three films led by female characters/actors have stood atop any year’s box office chart: The Last Jedi, Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which opened Wednesday, finished in second place. The movie starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black continues to live up to pre-release expectations as it took in $55.40 million over the four-day ($36.40 million over the three-day). Strong word of mouth and positive reviews should continue driving the film through the holidays. giving it an overall six-day launch of $72.01 million.
Pitch Perfect 3 starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson debuted in third place with $26.42 million over the four-day holiday ($19.92 over the traditional three-day weekend). Fans will no doubt result in some front-loading to the weekend, but this is a solid performance in a highly competitive market for a sequel that was never likely to perform at the same level of its 2015 predecessor.
Meanwhile, The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman finished in fourth place with $14.41 over the four-day weekend ($8.81 during the three-day). The film, which opened on Wednesday, has earned $19.01 million so far.
In fifth place, Ferdinand added $10.12 million over the four-day weekend ($7.32 over the three-day) for an 11-day domestic total of $29.60 million. Coco earned $8.19 million over four days ($5.38 million for three days) to finish in sixth place. That brings the Disney-Pixar animated films domestic total to $164.31 million so far.
Downsizing, which stars Matt Damon, debuted with $7.67 million over the four-day holiday ($4.95 million from the three-day weekend) to finish in seventh. In eighth place was The Darkest Hour, which earned $5.51 million in four days ($3.89 million in three days). Father Figures, which stars Glenn Close and Owen Wilson, opened with $5.48 million over the four-day weekend ($3.28 million over the three-day). And in 10th place was The Shape of Water with $4.42 million over four days ($3.00 million over three days). It expanded to 726 locations as its nationwide expansion began in time for the holiday break. Its updated domestic total so far is $8.99 million.
The top 10 films earned $236.65 million over the four-day holiday and $164.53 during the usual three-day weekend. That is 11.6 percent behind three previous three-day weekend’s $267.79 million three-day total compared to the four-day holiday and 38.6 percent behind over the three-day weekend. It was also 5.9 percent behind the same weekend last year, when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story led for the second weekend with $96.12 million.
|This Week||Last Week||Movie||Weekend Gross||Cumulative Gross||Weeks|
|1||1||Star Wars: The Last Jedi||$71.57M||$368.17M||2|
|2||New||Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle||$36.40M||$53.01M||1|
|3||New||Pitch Perfect 3||$19.93M||$19.93M||3|
|4||New||The Greatest Showman||$8.81M||$13.40M||1|
|10||12||The Shape of Water||$3.00M||$7.57M||4|
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