'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Projected To Reach $1.6 Billion Globally

27 December, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Speeds to $800 Million at Worldwide Box Office

As expected, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" held the top spot at the box office over the weekend.

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

Sacrificing potential merchandising for character development is an impressive and (for the series) unconventional move that reflects some of the other decisions Johnson made in his critically-loved, yet controversially-received Star Wars entry.

The Walt Disney Co. -backed space adventure - the eighth official episode in the Lucasfilm series - grossed $100.7 million over the holiday weekend and a whopping $397.3 million through Christmas Day.


The film has now grossed $365 million domestically and is already the third highest domestic release of 2017 only behind Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman. Some, however, did not like how writer-director Rian Johnson answered a lot of lingering questions, and many were offended by what they deemed to be complete deconstructions of the mythology we knew.

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

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. 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. Pitch Perfect 2, directed by Elizabeth Banks, followed on May 15, 2015 and rang up an outstanding $69 million in its first weekend.

Hugh Jackman's "The Greatest Showman", a musical take on circus founder P.T. Barnum, grossed $8.6 million at 3,006 venues during Friday-Sunday. Downsizing opened in seventh place with $4.6 million and is expected to finish around $6 million domestically by Christmas night. Audiences were unimpressed, giving the film a C CinemaScore. Two celebrated films, "Darkest Hour" and "The Shape of Water", expanded to hundreds more screens this weekend. I'm predicting that this film will have a similar domestic gross around $60-70 million when it leaves theaters.

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