The Force remains with Disney as the clock winds down on 2017, and 2018 hovers on the horizon….
Despite having the biggest week-to-week drop of any movie in the top ten (most experienced holiday season boosts), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” retained the top spot for the third straight week with $52.4 million and this time with a spectacular 26% hold; the third best 3rd weekend hold of all time and the 5th best grossing 3rd weekend of al time. The figure helps boost the movie to $1 billion worldwide ($517 million domestic, $523 million international) with ‘The Last Jedi’ slated to hit China this week. The Rian Johnson-directed film has also become the highest grossing film of 2017, beating another Disney movie, “Beauty And The Beast.” At the moment, the film is expected to finish its run somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.6 billion which would make it the fourth or fifth highest grossing movie of all time depending if it can beat the $1.67 billion mark set by “Jurassic World.” Not bad at all for a movie that fans supposedly don’t like. Three weeks in, ‘The Last Jedi’ should surpass the entire twenty week domestic total of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” ($532.1 million) by next weekend.
Debuting on Christmas Day, Ridley Scott‘s “All The Money In The World” took in $5.4 million on its way to $12.6 million in its first week of release. Despite all the hoopla about Christopher Plummer replacing Kevin Spacey, those are very soft numbers. It’s actually one of the worst wide release openings of Scott’s career, and it makes the extra money spent on those reshoots hurt a bit more. I guess during the holidays, audiences didn’t want to see a movie about a real life Ebenezer Scrooge. That said, if the film can convert its Golden Globe nominations to wins, it could certainly leg out, especially if Plummer manages to land an Oscar nomination for his work.
Launching in limited release, Aaron Sorkin‘s directorial debut “Molly’s Game” pulled in $2.3 million this weekend, tallying a total of $5.2 million since its Santa day launch. Not spectacular numbers by any stretching, but expectations from STX were likely tempered.
Lastly, Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Phantom Thread” launched in limited release on four screens, and debuted strong, pulling in $220,000 ($55,000 per screen average; the eighth highest PSA of 2017) this weekend, for a total of $531,345 across the week.
1. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — $52.4 million ($517.1 mil.)
2. “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” — $50.5 million ($169.8 mil.)
3. “Pitch Perfect 3” — $17.7 million ($64.2 mil.)
4. “The Greatest Showman” — $15.2 million ($48.7 mil.)
5. “Ferdinand” — $11.6 million ($53.8 mil.)
6. “Coco” — $6.5 million ($178.9 mil.)
7. “All The Money In The World” — $5.4 million ($12.6 mil)
8. “Darkest Hour” — $5.2 million ($17.9 mil.)
9. “Downsizing” — $4.6 million ($17 mil.)
10. “Father Figures” — $3.7 million ($12.7 mil.)