Box Office Report :: December 22 – 25

Sony Pictures

The long Christmas weekend, which included Wednesday, Friday and Monday releases, brought five new titles (and two expanded releases) to the Top Ten … none of which could unseat Star Wars: The Last Jedi from the top spot. That film saw an expected 55% drop from its opening weekend, but still finished the four-day weekend with $99 million. As of Wednesday (12/27), the film’s domestic cumulative gross reached $423.7 million, making it the second highest grossing film of the year, knocking Wonder Woman to third place. It will most likely unseat Beauty and the Beast ($504 million) from the top spot in the next couple of weeks although it won’t do so before the end of the year. Globally, the movie has earned more than $815 million.

In second place, Jumaji: Welcome to the Jungle earned $55.4 million over the four-day weekend. The movie opened on Wednesday giving it a six-day total of $72 million, well above what Sony Pictures had predicted. A distant third place finish went to Pitch Perfect 3 which collected close to $20 million from Friday to Monday. The Greatest Showman, which also opened on Wednesday, came in fourth with $14.4 million for the four-day weekend, and a cumulative total of $19 million, which may not spell success for a film with an $84 million budget.

After the bomb that was Suburbicon, which followed the less than successful The Great Wall, Matt Damon’s latest film Downsizing could only pull in a meager $7.6 million over the course of four days landing it in the Number 7 spot. The all-star comedy Father Figures did even worse, landing at Number 9 with just $5.4 million.

While the new releases ranged from excellent to disappointing in their box office returns, other limited release films got some holiday boost with added screens. Darkest Hour went from 84 to 806 screens, getting a 551% boost and rising from Number 16 to Number 8 with $5.5 million. After five weeks the film has earned $8.3 million. The Shape of Water added 572 screens to its 158 and got a 158% boost, moving up from Number 12 to Number 10 with $4.4 million, giving it a four week domestic total of nearly $9 million.

Outside the Top Ten, the buzzy The Post debuted on nine screens with $762,057, good for Number 21 and an $86,673 per screen average. Call Me By Your Name added 84 screens (114 total), good for a 100% increase but still dropped three spots to Number 20 with $974,663. I, Tonya went from five to 37 screens and saw a 264% increase, but it too dropped three spots to Number 24 with $624,017.

With the seven titles entering the Top Ten, five established movies really took a hit*. Last week’s Number 4, Wonder, dropped to Number 11 with $2.7 million. Number 5 Justice League fell to Number 14 with $1.5 million. Number 6 Daddy’s Home 2 dropped to Number 15 with $1.47 million, Number 10 Lady Bird fell to Number 16 with $1.41 million, Number 8 The Disaster Artist dropped to Number 17 with $1.2 million, Number 7 Thor: Ragnarok tumbled to Number 18 with $1.1 million and Number 9 Murder on the Orient Express took the biggest hit at 71%, plummeting from Number 9 to Number 23 with $722,895. We were certain the film would cross the $100 million mark domestically by this point, but that massive drop kept it out of reach by a little more than $500,000. Worldwide, however, the film has a cumulative total of $311.7 million.

*Note that of time of publication, not all of the figures were finalized. Some totals and chart placement may change.

The New Year’s weekend only has one limited release on tap, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, so we can expect to see very little change on the charts. The next wide release will be on January 5 when Insidious: The Last Key gets the first weekend of 2018 all to itself.

Below are the Top Ten grosses for the 4 day weekend of December 22.

1. [1] –2Star Wars: The Last Jedi – $99,025,055 [$395,627,411] – ★★★

2. [N] –1Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $55,400,000 [$72,005,967] (Opened Dec 20) – ★★✩

3. [N] –1Pitch Perfect 3 – $26,424,890 [NEW] – ★★✩

4. [N] –1The Greatest Showman – $14,410,116 [$19,008,847] (Opened Dec 20)

5. [2] –2Ferdinand – $10,118,526 [$29,601,410] – ★★✩

6. [3] –5Coco – $8,188,615 [$164,307,743] – ★★★

7. [N] –1Downsizing – $7,670,130 [NEW]

8. [16] –5Darkest Hour – $5,514,455 [$8,367,532] – ★★★

9. [N] –1Father Figures – $5,480,000 [NEW]

10. [12] –4The Shape of Water – $4,420,381 [$8,986,046] – ★★★

[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. HOTCHKA review  |  Source: Box Office Mojo

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