'The Last Jedi' Celebrates NYE By Passing $1B At The Box Office

John Mayer

John Mayer

With only a few hours left in 2017, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has cemented its place as the biggest domestic box office release of the year.

The Walt Disney Studios said Sunday that "The Last Jedi" is estimated to add $52.4 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $517.1 million. That helped push its worldwide total well past the $1 billion mark. The tentpole's worldwide total, now at $523.2 million, will see a significant jolt when it opens on January 5 in China, its final market.

The haul powers it past the year's previous No. 1, Beauty And The Beast, which brought in $504 million during its four-month run. 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.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle came in second at the box office this weekend with $50.5 earned. However, Sony's projection showed the "Jumanji" sequel grossing $16.5 million on New Year's Day on Monday - well above Disney's forecast of $13.2 million for "The Last Jedi". However, that could change once the actual numbers are released on New Year's Day.

"Ferdinand", $11.7 million ($23.1 million international).

The family friendly film, which also stars Jack Black and Kevin Hart, has earned a hefty $169.8 million on home to date and $219.3 globally. It's also performed impressively in global markets with $107 million thr0ugh December 28. The gap for 2017 had been more than 6% at the end of the worst summer in a decade but performances by "It", "Thor: Ragnarok", "Justice League", "Jedi" and "Jumanji" closed most of that margin.

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Based on early estimates, North American revenue is expected to reach about $11.1 billion, down more than two percent from the year before, industry analysts comScore reported.

Elsewhere, Pitch Perfect 3 earned $17.8 million in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total to an estimated $64.3 million through Sunday and expected $69.2 million through Monday.

In third was "Pitch Perfect 3" from Universal, at $22.7 million for the four days. The Hugh Jackman-starring musical The Greatest Showman also added $17.8 million in its second weekend for a domestic total of $48.8 million through Sunday and an expected $53.8 million through Monday.

What did you see at the movies this weekend??? It's projected to hit $57.3 million through Monday.

This weekend, The Last Jedi also crossed $1 billion worldwide, for an estimated global total of $1.04 billion through Sunday. A final domestic haul around $85 million is possible for the cartoon.

Not making the top-five but worth mentioning was "All the Money in the World", which only made $5.4M across 2,074 locations. The drama features Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, and Mark Wahlberg, and made headlines when it Ridley Scott re-shot the film and replaced Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer at the last minute. Its eight-day total will be around $14.4 million.

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