Disney and Lucasfilm's The Last Jedi is crossing the $1 billion mark at the global box office as Hollywood bids adieu to 2017.
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is expected to take in an estimated $65.6 million for the four-day holiday weekend in North America, for a total $530.3 million total since it opened there three weeks ago, said industry watcher Exhibitor Relations. In its second weekend, the Jumanji reboot managed to take in another $17.8 million on Friday from 3,765 locations. The Matt Damon-starrer has earned only $17.1 million to date against a $68 million production budget.
Rounding out the top five is the Fox animated feature Ferdinand with an estimated $11.6 million from 3,337 screens. The Fox film netted $15.2 million. Overseas, the Bellas have brought in $29 million so far. The film has brought in $35 million from worldwide markets so far. The film about the "poker princess" Molly Bloom expands on January 5. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a designer, "Phantom Thread" has grossed $531,000 to date. "There are so many movies out there, the only trick is how do you see all of them".
The final totals were $28.8 billion internationally and $11.12 billion in North America for the third consecutive $11 billion-plus year.
"We actually had a really great end of year surge", Dergarabedian said. Fellow Star Wars actor Mark Hamill honored Fisher on social media, while her daughter and fellow Star Wars actress Billie Lourd visited the Northern Lights in memory of her mother.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now showing in theaters everywhere.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at USA and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. A final domestic haul around $85 million is possible for the cartoon.