Box Office Report: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Remains in #1 Over Christmas

Star Wars: The Last Jedi had an easy time hanging on to the top spot in the box office top 10 list, ringing up $100+ million over the four-day Christmas weekend. The latest journey to a galaxy far, far away has now grossed more than $397 million domestically since arriving in theaters on December 15, 2017.

The sci-fi action comedy/thriller’s biggest competition came from the Jumanji sequel, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which found Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan playing the avatars of teenagers who were unexpectedly catapulted into the game. The Jumanji sequel got a head start on the weekend by opening on Wednesday, December 20, and has brought in a healthy $68 million over its first six days in theaters. That’s better than expected for the long-delayed sequel to the 1995 action adventure film which starred Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, and Bonnie Hunt.

Pitch Perfect 3 finished in third place, trailing the opening release numbers of Pitch Perfect 2. The original Pitch Perfect was released on September 28, 2012 in 300+ theaters and brought in $5.1 million. The film expanded into 2,200 additional theaters and grossed $14.8 million during its initial weekend in wide release. Pitch Perfect 2, directed by Elizabeth Banks, followed on May 15, 2015 and rang up an outstanding $69 million in its first weekend. The third film opted for a holiday release and performed closer to the original film’s numbers.

The Christmas holiday weekend apparently wasn’t the best time to go wide with Downsizing starring Matt Damon. The latest film from writer/director Alexander Payne (Nebraska, The Descendants) underperformed, grossing just $7.2 million and earning a C score from ticket buyers, according to Cinemascore. Father Figures (aka Bastards) received a slightly better score from moviegoers (B-), however it failed to find an audience interested in checking out a raunchy R-rated comedy over the holidays, with its domestic gross a dismal $4.9 million.

Box Office Top 10: December 22-25, 2017

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – $100,669,000
  2. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $52,150,000
  3. Pitch Perfect 3 – $25,601,000
  4. The Greatest Showman – $14,000,000
  5. Ferdinand – $9,675,000
  6. Coco – $7,385,000
  7. Downsizing – $7,280,000
  8. Darkest Hour – $5,400,000
  9. Father Figures – $4,920,000
  10. The Shape of Water – $4,300,000

The Star Wars: The Last Jedi Plot: In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Box Office Numbers
Daisy Ridley as Rey in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ (Photo © 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd)