'Star Wars' passes 'Beauty and the Beast' as 2017's top earner with 517 million DISGet the Full StoryLucasFilms
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is officially the highest grossing film of 2017 in the US.
52.4 million this weekend brings its domestic total to 517.1 million.
It made over 1 billion globally.
"Jumanji" came in second this weekend with 50.6 million.
LOS ANGELES AP On the last day of the calendar year, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" has surpassed "Beauty and the Beast" as the top grossing film in North America in 2017. It also topped the charts for the weekend for the third time, but just barely Dwayne Johnson's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" is close on its tail.
According to studio estimates on Sunday, "The Last Jedi" will add 52.4 million over the weekend bringing its domestic total to 517.1 million. "Beauty and the Beast," also a Disney release, netted out with 504 million for the year.
With the weekend's earnings, "The Last Jedi" will also cross the 1 billion mark globally even before it opens in China on Jan. 5.
But "Star Wars" is facing some hefty competition still, 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 Pictures film has earned a stunning 169.8 million to date and could even reach 300 million domestically by the end of its run.
Columbia PicturesThe acapella franchise "Pitch Perfect 3" took third place in weekend two, with 17.8 million, bringing its total to 64.3 million still less than what "Pitch Perfect 2" earned on its opening weekend alone in May 2015 69.2 million .
Another musical, "The Greatest Showman," with Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, came in fourth place with 15.3 million after adding 310 screens. The animated kids film "Ferdinand" took fifth with 11.7 million.
In its first weekend in theaters after debuting on Christmas Day, Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World" took in 5.5 million, bringing its total to 12.6 million. The film got some added recognition when Scott replaced Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer and reshot portions of the film only 6 weeks before it was set to hit theaters. But the hype of the impressive feat hasn't translated into big earnings.
Another adult-targeted film, Alexander Payne's "Downsizing," is struggling in theaters, taking in 4.6 million in its second weekend in theaters. The Matt Damon-starrer has earned only 17.1 million to date against a 68 million production budget.
In limited release, Aaron Sorkin's "Molly's Game," starring Jessica Chastain, earned 2.33 million. The film about the "poker princess" Molly Bloom expands on Jan. 5. And Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread" earned 220,000 from four theaters over the weekend after its Christmas opening. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a designer, "Phantom Thread" has grossed 531,000 to date.
Universal Pictures"As end of year marketplaces go, this is a great time to be a moviegoer," said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for comScore. "There are so many movies out there, the only trick is how do you see all of them."
The year as a whole will surpass 11 billion again, with comScore projecting 11.12 billion, which is down 2.3 percent from last year's record-breaking grosses 11.4 billion , and almost on par with 2015's 11.14 billion.
"We actually had a really great end of year surge," Dergarabedian said. "'Star Wars' adding about a half billion dollars didn't hurt. But 'Star Wars' didn't do this alone. It's not just about the big movies at the top, it's also about the smaller movies that provided a really great foundation. Every dollar counts."
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
Here's this weekend's full ranking:
1."Star Wars: The Last Jedi," 52.4 million.
2."Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," 50.6 million.
3."Pitch Perfect 3," 17.8 million.
4."The Greatest Showman," 15.3 million.
5."Ferdinand," 11.7 million.
6."Coco," 6.6 million.
7."All the Money in the World," 5.5 million.
8."Darkest Hour," 5.3 million.
9."Downsizing," 4.6 million.
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