Well, I have to admit I sold Star Wars: The Last Jedi short with my prediction that it would not unseat Beauty and the Beast as the domestic Number 1 film of 2017 before the end of the year, a feat it did accomplish by New Year’s Eve. Over the weekend, the film dropped 26% and stuck the Number 1 spot for a third week with $52.5 million. That brought its domestic total to $517.2 million, topping Beauty and the Beast‘s $504 million. Globally, the film crossed the $1 billion mark, putting it in third place for the year behind Beauty and the Beast and The Fate of the Furious.
Of the Top Ten, seven films saw increases from the Christmas weekend, with just The Last Jedi, Pitch Perfect 3 and Downsizing seeing small decreases. Pitch Perfect 3 added 21 screens but dropped 15.6%, hanging on to the Number 3 spot for a second week with $16.8 million. Its domestic total stands at $63.3 million. Downsizing lost 4 screens in its second week and shrunk 5%, moving down two spots to Number 9 with $4.7 million.
Making its debut on Christmas Day on 2,074 screens, All the Money in the World took the Number 7 spot with $5.5 million over the weekend. Its cumulative total stands at $12.7 million. Molly’s Game also opened on December 25 but on just 271 screens reaching Number 13 over the weekend with $2.3 million ($5.3 million total). Phantom Thread debuted December 25 on four screens, hitting Number 26 over the weekend with $216,495 ($527,840 total). It’s interesting to look at the per screen averages for the films. All the Money in the World took in $2,693 on average, Molly’s Game earned $8,671 per screen and Phantom Thread sewed up $54,124, the highest average of the Top 50. Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool debuted December 29 at Number 37 on four screens with $34,532 ($8,633 average).
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle remained in second place for the second week with $50 million, an increase of 38% and a higher per screen average than The Last Jedi, $13,294 to $12,410 on about 500 fewer screens. The Greatest Showman added 310 screens and saw the largest increase of nearly 77%. The film remained in the Number 4 spot for its second week with $15.5 million. Ferdinand lost 293 screens in its third week, but still saw an increase of 56%, helping it remain at Number 5 with $11.3 million.
The coming weekend of January 5 will see the wide release of Insidious: The Last Key which is sure to debut in the Top Ten, but the question is where?
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of December 29.
4.  –2– The Greatest Showman – $15,520,732 [$49,036,718]
7. [N] –1– All the Money in the World – $5,584,684 [$12,712,380]
9.  –2– Downsizing – $4,702,309 [$17,160,674]
10.  –2– Father Figures – $3,821,365 [$12,885,287]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo