Box Office: ‘Jumanji’ Gains Advantage Over ‘The Last Jedi’ During The New Year’s Weekend

Disney and Lucasfilm’s The Last Jedi, has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office on its way to becoming the top-grossing release of 2017, besting Beauty and the Beast. Overall, it’s looking like a strong New Year’s weekend in terms of moviegoing. That’s good news for the film business, which is hoping to close a troubling year-over-year gap as much as possible. If early estimates are correct, revenue in North America will come in at $11.12 billion, down 2.3 percent from last year’s record $11.4 billion and down less than a percentage point behind 2015, according to comScore. Several weeks ago, the gap was more than 4 percent. It’s only the third time that domestic revenue has crossed $11 billion. The bummer stat — attendance looks to hit a 22-year low. df-08755_rv9_crop_-_h_2017The Last Jedi has stayed atop the box-office chart throughout the year-end holidays, grossing another $52.4 million from 4,232 theaters for the three-day weekend and a projected $65.6 million for the four-day holiday weekend, putting the film’s North American total at roughly $530 million through Monday. Overseas, The Last Jedi served up another $68 million for an international total of $523.3 million and global haul of $1.04 billion through Sunday (Beauty and the Beast grossed $1.26 billion).So far, Last Jedi is pacing more than 25 percent behind the $742 million earned by Star Wars: The Force Awakens two years ago over the holidays. At the same time, The Last Jedi is about to pass up the entire lifetime gross of standalone film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($1.06 billion). Johnson’s film has yet to open in China, where it lands Jan. 5.


Sony’s holiday hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is right behind The Last Jedi this weekend. The reboot grossed $50.6 million domestically from 3,765 locations for the three days for a projected four-day haul of $67 million. Jumanji should finish the weekend with a domestic tally of $186.3 million or more.


Internationally, Welcome the Jungle also impressed, earning $67 million from 50 markets for a foreign total of $153 million and global booty of $323 million through Sunday.


After The Last Jedi and Welcome to the Jungle, results were decidedly mixed for other holiday wide releases.


Universal’s Pitch Perfect 3 continued to hold at No. 3. The threequel, fueled by younger females, earned $17.8 million from 3,468 locations for the three days and is estimating a $22.7 million four-day weekend. The movie’s domestic total through Monday is an estimated $69.3 million, nearly behind Pitch Perfect 2. Overseas, the film took in another $13.1 million this weekend for a foreign total of $28.6 million and $97.8 million globally.


20TH Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman as circus impresario P.T. Barnum, likewise continues to struggle, but is enjoying a huge 73 percent jump over Christmas weekend. The movie grossed $15.2 million from 3,316 theaters for the three days for a projected four-day gross of $20.3 million and domestic total of $53.8 million through Monday. The movie is drawing strong exit scores from adults, even though it was sold as a family film amid fierce competition from Star Wars and Jumanji.


Animated entries Ferdinand and Coco are placing No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, in North America with a projected four-day weekend of $15 million and $10 million.


Focus Features’ specialty title Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, is in a close battle with Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World  for the No. 7 spot, despite playing in far fewer theaters.


Paul Thomas Anderson and Focus Features’ Phantom Thread, debuting on Christmas Day and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, is likewise impressing with a projected four-day theater average of $76,259.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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