HOLLYWOOD—There were plenty of films to see this holiday weekend at the multiplex, but would any of those flicks be able to dethrone “Star Wars: The Last Jedi?” Not a chance America. The eighth installment in the popular sci-fi franchise added another $100 plus million during the four-day holiday weekend. Since its debut last week, the flick has amounted close to $400 million domestically. On a global scale, the flick is nearing $750 million total. I think it’s safe to say “The Last Jedi” will be a box-office titan at least until the middle maybe the end of January 2018.
Nabbing second place was the reboot of the Robin Williams classic “Jumanji.” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” earned just over $67 million during its debut weekend. Not shabby for a flick that didn’t seem that impressive, but with The Rock and Kevin Hart headlining the family flick, I can’t say I’m not surprised. The sequel “Pitch Perfect 3” managed to nab an audience as well, taking third place with a $25.6 million debut. That is quite a departure from the previous outing its sequel “Pitch Perfect 2” nabbed with over $70 million in 2015. Perhaps fatigue has finally settled in for the Barden Bellas.
The musical “The Greatest Showman” landed in fourth place with $18.6 million since its debut on December. Looks like the star power of Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams still couldn’t save this flick about the life of P.T. Barnum. Rounding out the top five was the animated flick “Ferdinand” which earned a little over $7 million.
With awards season in full-swing, “Downsizing,” “The Darkest Hour” and “The Shape of Water” all managed to crack the top 10 at the box-office. With New Year’s right around the corner, don’t expect any major new releases this weekend, which means “Star Wars”, will reign supreme yet again.