The Force is strong with this one.
On the last day of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has become the top earning film of 2017, raking in an estimated $52.4 million over the weekend.
That brings its domestic total to $517.1 million after just three weeks on release.
Big earner: Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the top earning film of 2017, raking in $52.4 million over the weekend for a domestic total of $517.1 million after just three weeks on release
The haul powers it past the year’s previous No. 1, Beauty And The Beast, which brought in $504 million during its four-month run.
And, with Monday’s New Year’s Day box office takings still to come, The Last Jedi’s numbers will continue to soar.
It has also been a big earner overseas, bringing its grand total to just over $1 billion – with China yet to open the iconic space adventure.
Pushed off the top: The Last Jedi has beaten former top earner Beauty And The Beast which made $504 million during its four-month run
The Last Jedi topped the weekend charts for the third time, but just barely.
Dwayne Johnson’s board game based Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle nabbed $50.6 million in its second weekend.
The family friendly film, which also stars Jack Black and Kevin Hart, has earned a hefty $169.8 million on home to date and $219.3 globally.
Playing games: Dwayne Johnson’s Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle nabbed $50.6 million in its second weekend for second place at the local box office
The acapella comedy Pitch Perfect 3, starring an ensemble cast including Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, took third place in weekend two, with $17.8 million.
That brings its total to $64.3 million – still less than the $69.2 million Pitch Perfect 2 earned on its opening weekend alone in May 2015.
Another musical, The Greatest Showman, with Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, came in fourth with $15.3 million in its second weekend.
Wrapping the franchise: The Bellas sing their way into third spot with $17.8 million for Pitch Perfect 3
Hitting a wrong note: Another musical, The Greatest Showman, with Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, underperformed in its second weekend, coming in fourth with $15.3 million
It’s North American total now stands at $48.8 million with a global grab of almost $84 million.
The animated kids film Ferdinand, about a bull who is mistaken for a dangerous beast, took fifth with $11.7 million.
Starring the voice talents of John Cena, Kate McKinnon and Bobby Cannavale among others, it has earned almost $54 million at home,
And it’s doing even better overseas where it has taken just under $72 million for a total of $125.7 million.
Meanwhile Matt Damon’s Downsizing is having a tough time at the box office.
Taking $4.6 million in its second weekend in theaters, it has earned only $17.1 million to date against a $68 million production budget, for ninth place.
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