'' Star Wars ' passes ' Appeal and the Beast' ' as top 2017 earner

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John Wilson/Lucasfilm/ AP This image released by Lucasfilm shows Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017|12:28 p.m.

LOS ANGELES– On the last day of the calendar year, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has exceeded “Charm and the Monster” as the leading earning movie in North America in 2017. It likewise topped the charts for the weekend for the third time, but just barely– Dwayne Johnson’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is close on its tail.

According to studio estimates on Sunday, “The Last Jedi” will include $52.4 million over the weekend bringing its domestic overall to $517.1 million. “Beauty and the Beast,” likewise a Disney release, netted out with $504 million for the year.

With the weekend’s incomes, “The Last Jedi” will also cross the $1 billion mark internationally– even before it opens in China on Jan. 5.

However “Star Wars” is facing some hefty competition still, from the likes of The Rock, Jack Black and Kevin Hart, whose “Jumanji” sequel took in $50.6 million in its 2nd weekend in theaters to take 2nd location. The Columbia Pictures film has actually made a sensational $169.8 million to date and could even reach $300 million domestically by the end of its run.

The acapella franchise “Pitch Perfect 3” took third location in weekend 2, with $17.8 million, bringing its overall to $64.3 million– still less than what “Pitch Perfect 2” made on its opening weekend alone in Might 2015 ($69.2 million).

Another musical, “The best Showman,” with Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, can be found in fourth place with $15.3 million after adding 310 screens. The animated kids movie “Ferdinand” took fifth with $11.7 million.

In its very first weekend in theaters after debuting on Christmas Day, Ridley Scott’s “All the Money on the planet” took in $5.5 million, bringing its overall to $12.6 million. The movie got some included recognition when Scott replaced Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer and reshot parts of the movie only 6 weeks before it was set to hit theaters. But the hype of the remarkable accomplishment hasn’t translated into huge revenues.

Another adult-targeted movie, Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” is having a hard time in theaters, taking in $4.6 million in its 2nd weekend in theaters. The Matt Damon-starrer has actually made only $17.1 million to this day against a $68 million production spending plan.

In limited release, Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” starring Jessica Chastain, earned $2.33 million. The movie about the “poker princess” Molly Blossom expands on Jan. 5. And Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” earned $220,000 from 4 theaters over the weekend after its Christmas opening. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a designer, “Phantom Thread” has grossed $531,000 to date.

“As end of year marketplaces go, this is a fun time to be a moviegoer,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for comScore. “There are a lot of films out there, the only technique is how do you see all them.”

The year as a whole will surpass $11 billion once again, with comScore forecasting $11.12 billion, which is down 2.3 percent from last year’s record-breaking grosses ($11.4 billion), and almost on par with 2015’s $11.14 billion.

“We actually had an actually terrific end of year rise,” Dergarabedian said. “‘Star Wars’ including about a half billion dollars didn’t hurt. However ‘Star Wars’ didn’t do this alone. It’s not almost the huge films at the top, it’s also about the smaller sized movies that provided a really fantastic foundation. Every dollar counts.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, inning accordance with comScore. Last domestic figures will be released Monday.

1.”Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” $52.4 million.

2.”Jumanji: Invite to the Jungle,” $50.6 million.

3.”Pitch Perfect 3,” $17.8 million.

4.”The Greatest Showman,” $15.3 million.

5.”Ferdinand,” $11.7 million.

6.”Coco,” $6.6 million.

7.”All the Money on the planet,” $5.5 million.

8.”Darkest Hour,” $5.3 million.

9.”Downsizing,” $4.6 million.

10.”Father Figures,” $3.7 million.

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