‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Fights On, Wins Box Office Again

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi” finished in the top spot at the weekend box office for the third week, according to Box Office Mojo.

In an unusual week, the top 6 films all hold their exact spots from last week.

With $52.4 million in US ticket sales, “The Last Jedi” finishes the year as the #1 film of 2017. The eighth film in the Star Wars saga (ninth if you include “Rogue One”), now stands $13M ahead of “Beauty and the Beast,” which has held the top position since its release in March. “The Last Jedi” also passed the $1 Billion mark worldwide this week. Overseas, it has earned an additional $523M. And, in its first three weekends, the film is now the eighth highest grossing of all time, domestically. If its trajectory holds, it could expect to pass both “Rogue One” and “The Dark Knight” in the coming week. It should also be noted that “The Last Jedi” won’t open in China until January 5.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” finished in second place this week with $50.5M. The sequel to the 1995 hit saw a 39% boost from its first weekend. The action/adventure, which stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, has earned almost $170M is the US, with $219M worldwide.

Third place went to “Pitch Perfect 3” with $17.8M. The third go around for the a cappella singing group is currently just behind the original film. The first, “Pitch Perfect,” did fairly well in theaters before finding a new life on DVD and steaming services. Thus far, the third installment has earned $64M domestic and about $92M altogether.

The Greatest Showman” holds fourth position with $15M. The musical spectacle saw the biggest boost this week with a 73% jump. It now sits at $48M in the US and $83M total. This puts it just even with its $84M production budget.

Fox’s animated “Ferdinand” added $11M. That film, based on the classic children’s book, has earned $53M in the US, with a worldwide take of $125M.

Coco” continues to do well, adding another $6M to its $178M. Although it is in 16th place for Pixar films in the US, “Coco” has been a big hit internationally, where it sits just behind “Brave” and “Monsters, Inc” at the twelfth spot. The animated musical has earned nearly $540M overall.

The only newcomer to crack this week’s top 10 is seventh place finisher, “All the Money in the World.” No doubt benefiting from its publicity boost, Ridley Scott’s latest earned $5.4M over the weekend. Since it debuted on Christmas Day, it has earned more than $12M, but this is its first weekend in theaters.

The Gary Oldman-led drama “Darkest Hour” maintained eighth place with $5.2M. “Darkest Hour” opened in limited release back in November, opening wide just last week. It has earned just under $18M in the US, with an additional $5M overseas.

Matt Damon’s “Downsizing” saw shrinking audiences this week. With $4.6M, its total is now $17M. There are no international ticket sales numbers yet reported. With an estimated budget of $68M, “Downsizing” is poised to be Alexander Payne’s biggest — and some would argue first — flop.

And with $3.7M, the comedy “Father Figures” completes the top 10 for the week. Another which has no international numbers to report, has earned $12.7M in its two weekends.

Other films that debuted this week, and will be expanding to additional theaters in January, include “Molly’s Game,” “Phantom Thread,” and “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.”

The 2018 Film Year officially kicks off next week with the release of “Insidious: The Last Key.”

Did you see “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” or “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” this weekend? Or did you choose something else? Comment below and share!