Considering how popular the helmet was after The Force Awakens, it was a huge marketing risk to have him destroy it. Turns out that director Rian Johnson felt the same, revealing that he was afraid to change up Kylo-Ren's look, yet acknowledged that it was needed. It's the final screen role for Fisher, who died a year ago. Debuting in a distant second place was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with a decent $55.4 million to show for its opening weekend. But moviegoers are showing little interest in Paramount's "Downsizing" and Warner Bros.
The Walt Disney Co. -backed space adventure - the eighth official episode in the Lucasfilm series - grossed $100.7 million over the holiday weekend and a whopping $397.3 million through Christmas Day. It faced competition for the first time on December 20, with Sony's action comedy "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle", which is leading the rest of the pack with $34 million at 3,765 sites for Friday-Sunday and a six-day total of around $64 million.
The Hollywood Reporter is noting that their box office insiders are telling them that they expect Star Wars: The Last Jedi to make about $1.6 billion globally by the time it finishes its run at the global box office.
Sony's president of distribution, Adrian Smith, said he was "absolutely pleased" with the performance of "Jumanji" so far. "We have incredible momentum as we head into one of the biggest movie-going weeks of the year".
A pair of critically panned new musicals followed: Universal's "Pitch Perfect 3" opened in third place with $20.4 million and Fox's "The Greatest Showman" debuted in fourth with $8.6 million. "Pitch Perfect 3 " also opened with $9.8 million in 14 global markets. Audiences were unimpressed, giving the film a C CinemaScore. The film, directed by Alexander Payne and starring Matt Damon and Hong Chau, earned about $7.3 million since its release on Friday. I'm predicting that this film will have a similar domestic gross around $60-70 million when it leaves theaters. Fox will go wide with the journalism drama on January 12.