'Last Jedi,' 'Jumanji' winners at box office

Emmett Rice
December 27, 2017

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" ruled the box office roost for a second-straight weekend, as the $103 million it took in brought its USA gross to about $400 million, according to Box Office Pro.

Overall, the movie is expected to make $750 million to $800 million in the United States and Canada and a similar amount overseas to reach the projected $1.6 billion total. The eighth installment in the Disney-owned space saga is expected to add another almost $69 million to its coffers over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

A pair of critically panned new musicals followed: Universal's "Pitch Perfect 3" opened in third place with $20.4 million and Fox's "The Greatest Showman" debuted in fourth with $8.6 million. 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. Seventh-place finisher Coco continues to bring in steady returns, earning $7.4 million to bring its five-week total to $163.5 million.

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"Downsizing" took in a quiet $4.6 million at 2,558 theaters in its Friday-Sunday debut and should finish four-day frame with $6.2 million. "Pitch Perfect 3 " also opened with $9.8 million in 14 worldwide markets.

Rounding out the top 10 at the box office were Focus' "Darkest Hour", Warner Bros.' "Father Figures" and Fox Searchlight's "The Shape of Water".

Justice League crossed $220 million domestically while Thor: Ragnarok is approaching $310 million domestically and Murder on the Orient Express is so close to passing $100 million domestically. In The Last Jedi's case though, it has to do with silence, specifically about 10 seconds of it. Scott and Sony's TriStar made a decision to launch the film on December 25 to provide some breathing room from the flood of movies opening over Christmas weekend, and are counting on attracting adults throughout the week. It is the biography drama All the Money in the World starring Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer.

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