'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' wins Christmas weekend box office


'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' wins Christmas weekend box office

Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle continued to dominate the box office on Christmas Day, while a newcomer to the crowded holiday feast of movies was director Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World.

Moviegoing in 2017 began auspiciously with unexpected hits from "Get Out" and "Split", and "Beauty and the Beast" becoming only the eighth film to top $500 million domestically.

The UK leads all markets with $67.9M, followed by Germany ($42.6M), France ($31.1M), Japan ($29.6M) and Australia ($27.2M). It's the final screen role for Fisher, who died a year ago. It faced competition for the first time on December 20, with Sony's action comedy "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle", which is leading the rest of the pack with $34 million at 3,765 sites for Friday-Sunday and a six-day total of around $64 million.

Pitch Perfect 3 came in third place with $20.4 million and is now expected to finish around $27 million through its first four days of release.

Josh Greenstein, Sony's president of worldwide marketing and distribution, pointed to the A- CinemaScore as an indication that "Jumanji" is attracting all demographics.

I think Star Wars will remain at the top of the box office as we head into 2018.

"Pitch Perfect 3", Universal's a capella comedy that's the latest in the series about female friendship and vocal percussion, opened Friday, also proving to be a strong holiday-weekend contender, earning $25.6 million over the weekend. The threequel brought back the Bellas singing group with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and Hana Mae Lee reprising their roles.

Taking fourth place at the box office was Fox's musical biopic "The Greatest Showman" about American ringmaster P.T. Barnum and starring Hugh Jackman. 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. Fox will go wide with the journalism drama on January 12.



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