Going into the final weekend of the year, most films in the Top 10 were looking at minimal drops since Christmas fell on a Monday and the three-day weekend numbers were affected thusly. With no massive releases this time of year, Star War: The Last Jedi should easily take the top spot for the third weekend in a row but could family friendly titles such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Pitch Perfect 3 gain any ground? Let’s take a look!
Seeing a predictably small drop thanks to holiday positioning, the calendar 3-day drop for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was only 23% earning $52 million from Friday to Sunday. They’re estimating the total for the long weekend including Monday to be somewhere around the $65 – $69 million mark which would bring its domestic total to $537 million. Even without the Monday tally, it officially has passed Beauty and the Beast as the number one film in North America for 2017. The big difference being it took Star Wars only 18 days to catch that number which took Beauty and the Beast 17 weeks to accumulate.
Worldwide the film crossed the $1 billion threshold, the fourth movie to do so this year, with an international total of now $523 million and still with China to open January 5th. Early tracking has film pre-sales above the likes of Thor: Ragnarok which would go on to make $112 million total. The split for The Last Jedi should end up being the same once the China numbers are in with the international take coming in slightly higher than the domestic one. It does seem destined to finish around expectations when it’s all said and done and should end up somewhere around the $1.6 billion mark total which would place it Top 5 all time.
Again, compared to the calendar three-day weekend, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle saw a huge bump over last weekend. The film jumped an incredible 38.9% and earned $50.5 million over the weekend narrowly stealing the top spot from Star Wars. Just under $170 million in North America now the film also added $67 million on the international stage brining its worldwide total to $323 million where it maintained its #1 status is several markets. The good news for the Dwayne Johnson led remake is that there are still a few huge markets left to open in including Japan, China and Brazil. There are still the holiday Monday numbers to come in so there is a very slight chance it could overtake Star Wars come Tuesday morning. It’s looking at a $67 million four-day frame.
Even though it added to its theatre count, Pitch Perfect 3 was one of only two movies, Star Wars being the other, that saw a drop from last weekend. The final film in the trilogy saw a 10% drop to make $17.7 million over the three days for a now $64 million North American total. It will finish ahead of the first film which was a surprise hit but will fall way short of the second film from 2015 which finished at $184 million domestically and $287 worldwide.
Rounding out the top is the Hugh Jackman musical The Greatest Showman in fourth and the animated feature Ferdinand in fifth. The P.T. Barnum biopic added over 300 theatres to its total and it showed as the film had a massive 73% upswing for a $15.2 million weekend. With a hefty price tag of $84 million plus marketing the film will struggle to see a profit however as it currently stands at $83.9 million worldwide. Even though Ferdinand lost almost 300 theatres it still managed a $11.6 million weekend which is a 59% increase from last week. The film currently sits at $125 million worldwide and has several international markets still to open in.
2018 starts off with only one new wide release and its a horror film as Universal gives us Insidious: The Lost Key the fourth chapter in the popular Insidious series. Tough to tell how this will open this time of year, but if 2018 is as welcoming to horror films as 2017 was then it could hit $18-$20 million next weekend. Expect to see other award contenders expanding their reach such as Molly’s Game which is projected to make around $6 million, but otherwise Star Wars and Jumanji should easily hold the top two spots again.
Be sure to check out my 2017 Box Office Special where we look back at the year that was at the movie going box office!