Last Jedi Just Earned Bragging Rights for 2017

'Star Wars' film not only tops the box office again, it will gross more than any film in 2017
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 31, 2017 1:30 PM CST
This image released by Lucasfilm shows Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."   (John Wilson/Lucasfilm via AP, File)

(Newser) – On the last day of the calendar year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has surpassed Beauty and the Beast as the top grossing film in North America in 2017. It also 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, per the AP. According to studio estimates on Sunday, The Last Jedi will add $52.4 million over the weekend bringing its domestic total to $517.1 million. Beauty and the Beast, also a Disney release, netted $504 million for the year. With the weekend's earnings, The Last Jedi will also cross the $1 billion mark globally—even before it opens in China on Jan. 5.

But 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 second weekend in theaters to take second place. The Columbia Pictures film has earned a stunning $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 place in weekend two, with $17.8 million, bringing its total to $64.3 million—still less than what Pitch Perfect 2 earned on its opening weekend alone in May 2015 ($69.2 million).

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