The Last Jedi is 2017’s Last Word

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We’ve put away our tiny hats and paper horns. We’ve stopped pondering what “Auld Lang Syne” means for another year. Yes, we’ve opened the book on a shiny new anum. But while old 2017 may be ready to leave, old Luke Skywalker seems bent on hanging around.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi closed out 2017 with its third straight box-office victory, collecting $52.7 million over the traditional three-day, Friday-through-Sunday weekend. Add in figures from New Year’s Day, and The Last Jedi collected $68.3 million in North America over the four-day holiday frame. Let’s hope that Disney execs don’t spend it all on the nearest casino planet: Those long-eared fathiers would not approve.

The Last Jedi didn’t just win the week, by the way. Once this weekend’s in the books, it’ll officially win the whole year. According to Deadline Hollywood, the latest Star Wars movie has now pushed its North American tally to $533 million, edging past fellow Disney product Beauty and the Beast ($504 million), officially becoming 2017’s top grossing film. Add the $523.3 million that Rey, Fin, Kylo and Co. have gathered in overseas, and The Last Jedi’s total bank rolls in at more than $1 billion.

But while The Last Jedi may have closed out 2017 with a bang, it’s actually not the biggest movie of 2018. According to Deadline Hollywood, that distinction now belongs—however temporarily—to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which collected $16.2 million on New Year’s Day. That’s just a wee bit more cash than the $15.7 million that The Last Jedi pulled in on New Year’s. ‘Course, if we throw out New Year’s Day and simply look at the traditional three-day weekend (and we simply shall), Jumanji finished second to The Last Jedi with $50.4 million.

Indeed, this week’s top five looks exactly like last week’s. Pitch Perfect 3 finished third for the second straight weekend, a capella-ing its way to $16.8 million. That kept it just ahead of another musical extravaganza, The Greatest Showman. Hugh Jackman’s song-and-dance biopic of P.T. Barnum collected $15.6 million.

Ferdinand, an animated movie about a pacifist bull, hoofed its way into fifth place again, mooooving $11.4 million into its cattlish coffers.

Two Oscarbait films worth noting made their debuts this week: All the Money in the World opened in more than 2,000 theaters and earned $5.6 million, finishing seventh, while Molly’s Game rolled into 271 theaters and collected $2.3 million (13th).

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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