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12:00 AM, January 02, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:36 PM, January 02, 2018

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” tops 2017 US Box Office

Disney-Lucasfilm's “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has cleared the $1 billion milestone in worldwide grosses in less than three weeks.

The film pulled in $120.4 million globally on the New Year's Eve weekend to take its domestic tally to $517.1 million, and in the process also topped Disney's “Beauty and the Beast”, which grossed $504 million in North America, for the top spot among 2017 releases domestically.

It's the fourth 2017 title to go past $1 billion worldwide, along with “Beauty and the Beast” at $1.26 billion, “The Fate of the Furious” at $1.24 billion and “Despicable Me 3” at $1.03 billion.

“The Last Jedi” is now the eighth highest-grossing domestic movie of all time — only $15 million behind last year's “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” in the seventh spot. On the worldwide chart, it's now 24th with $1.04 billion, edging Universal-Illumination's “Despicable Me 3”. The tentpole's international total, currently at $523.2 million, will see a significant jolt when it opens on January 5 in China, its final market.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has been “The Last Jedi's” biggest competitor by far since it opened on December 20. The action-comedy, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart and on a budget of $90 million budget, is projecting to a $186.3 million until the weekend. It's also performed impressively in international markets with $107 million.

Universal's “Pitch Perfect 3” led the rest of weekend's domestic pack with a projected $22.7 million for Friday-Monday. The comedy threequel stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.

 

Source: Variety 

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