‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ wins Christmas weekend box office

Mark Hamill

We are on the home stretch of 2017 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues to rule the box office. The film remained at the top spot by bringing in $68 million during its second weekend and is expected to reach $100 million domestically by Monday.

The film has currently grossed $365 million domestically and is already the third highest domestic release of 2017 only behind Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman. It seems very likely that this film will be the highest grossing domestic release of 2017.

Second place went to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Dwayne Johnson’s latest film which is a sequel to the 1995 fantasy film opened Wednesday. The film brought in $34 million during its opening weekend and is expected to finish around $65 million domestically by Christmas night. 

Pitch Perfect 3 came in third place with $20.4 million and is currently expected to finish around $27 million through its first four days of release. I’m predicting that this film will have a similar domestic gross around $60-70 million when it leaves theaters.

The Greatest Showman also opened this past Wednesday and came in fourth place with $8.6 million and should finish its extended opening weekend around $13 million.

Ferdinand rounds out the top five with $7.1 million and is closing in on $30 million domestically. Coco also brought in another $5 million and just passed $160 million domestically.

The other two new wide releases didn’t have impressive openings. Downsizing opened in seventh place with $4.6 million and is expected to finish around $6 million domestically by Christmas night. Father Figures opened in ninth place with $3.2 million and should finish around $4 million over its opening weekend.

Darkest Hour ($4.1 million) and The Shape of Water ($3.1 million) both jumped into the top ten this weekend.

Justice League crossed $220 million domestically while Thor: Ragnarok is approaching $310 million domestically and Murder on the Orient Express is so close to passing $100 million domestically.

I think Star Wars will remain at the top of the box office as we head into 2018. We have only wide release opening on Christmas Day. It is the biography drama All the Money in the World starring Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer.

Weekend Gross by Distributor:

Disney: $74.5 million (-158.5%)

Sony Pictures: $34 million (+32.1%)

Universal: $20.5 million (n/a)

20th Century Fox: $16.6 million (+0.8%)

Paramount Pictures: $4.6 million (+0.8%)

Focus Features: $4.1 million (n/a)

Fox Searchlight: $3.5 million (+0.1%)

Warner Bros.: $3.2 million (-1%)

Lionsgate: $2 million (-3.5%)

A24: $1.9 million (-2.9%)

Next week’s openings: All the Money in the World (December 25)

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