During a busy holiday weekend, the Force once again reigned supreme.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi pocketed an estimated $100.7 million over the four-day weekend (including Christmas Day). (It made $68.5 million in the traditional three-day, Friday-through-Sunday run.) Sure, it’s a hefty drop from last weekend’s superlative figures, but still: $100 million its second week out? Just imagine that The Last Jedi is Luke Skywalker, and the rest of the box office competition is a galactic phalanx of AT-ATs all shooting at him, and they somehow don’t even touch him. It’s like that.
I’m not sure if Jedi even have a lot of need for cash, but no matter: The Last Jedi’s overall domestic haul has now levitated to $397.3 million, making it now the third highest-grossing movie for the year already. It’s breathing down Wonder Woman’s $412.6 million neck (in a non-creepy way) for second place. The Last Jedi still has some work to do to catch Beauty and the Beast’s $504 million tally at No. 1, but you won’t hear Disney cry too much. Even if The Last Jedi’s pace falls off a galactic cliff, The Mouse House is guaranteed to have the top two movies of the year.
The Last Jedi fended off a host of newcomers to retain its title. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle posed the strongest threat posed to Disney’s First Order-like juggernaut, transforming four days-worth of ticket sales into $52.2 million. Pitch Perfect 3 finished No. 3, harmonizing to a $25.6 million take. Hugh Jackman’s dandy little musical The Greatest Showman landed in fourth place with $14 million. Guess the circus business isn’t quite what it used to be.
Matt Damon’s quirky Downsizing wheezed into seventh with $7.3 million, which may (ahem) diminish its chances for Oscar glory. Another awards-season hopeful, Darkest Hour, expanded into about 800 theaters and earned a decent $5.4 million. That bested the take of yet another newcomer, Father Figures, which settled into ninth with $4.9 million.