Star Wars : The Last Jedi losing ground against Jumanji


‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is already jumping the $1 billion mark globally and ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ have mastery over the year-end holidays, capping a rough-and-tumble year at the domestic box office. Disney and Lucasfilm’s The Last Jedi has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office on its way to becoming the most popular release of 2017, destroying Beauty and the Beast. Overall, it’s looking like a strong New Year’s weekend in terms of moviegoing. That’s good news for the movie business, which is hoping to close a troubling year-over-year gap as much as possible. If early estimates are correct, revenue in North America will come in at $11.12 billion, down 2.3 percent from last year’s record $11.4 billion and less than a percentage point behind 2015, according to comScore. Several weeks ago, the gap was more than 4 percent. It’s only the third time that domestic revenue has crossed $11 billion. The bummer stat — attendance looks to hit a 22-year low.

The Last Jedi and Jumanji in box office

The Last Jedi has stayed at the top of the box-office chart throughout the year-end holidays, earned another $52.4 million from 4,232 theaters for the three-day weekend and a projected $65.6 million for the four-day holiday weekend, putting the film’s North American total at roughly $530 million through Monday. Overseas, The Last Jedi made another $68 million for an international total of $523.3 million and global haul of $1.04 billion through Sunday (Beauty and the Beast grossed $1.26 billion).

So far, The Last Jedi is trending more than 25 percent behind the $742 million earned by Star Wars: The Force Awakens two years ago over the holidays. At the same time, The Last Jedi is about to pass up the entire lifetime gross of standalone film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($1.06 billion). Johnson’s film has yet to be revealed in China, where it lands Jan. 5.

Sony’s holiday hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle isn’t far behind The Last Jedi this weekend. The reboot earned $50.6 million domestically from 3,765 locations for the three days for a projected four-day haul of $67 million. Jumanji should finish the weekend with a domestic tally of $186.3 million or more.

Internationally, Welcome the Jungle also impressed, grossing $67 million from 50 markets for a foreign total of $153 million and global of $323 million through Sunday.

After The Last Jedi and Welcome to the Jungle, results were decidedly mixed for other holiday wide releases.

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