The big winner of the holiday season is Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which earned $52 million over the three-day weekend, which was enough to surpass Beauty and the Beast and take the top spot at the box office biggest movie of 2017. This is great news for Lucasfilm and Rian Johnson, who now holds the 24th highest grossing movie of all time and it still has a long way to go.
The Georgia-filmed movie, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, put up a huge weekend on top of a huge holiday week and finishes out the year with around $185 million at the box office on only a $90 million production budget. It’s also performing just as well internationally, so it looks like the kind of performance that could easily lead to another sequel if Sony decides to go in that direction.
Meanwhile, the other Georgia filmed production, Pitch Perfect 3 ended the franchise with $22 million over the four-day weekend on a $45 million production budget. It’s going to end the year with a little less than $70 million, which is more than the original made over its entire run ($65 million). However, the third film will fall well short of the first sequel, Pitch Perfect 2, which earned $184 million at the box office in 2015.
A movie that was a major disappointment in the box office was All The Money in the World. Despite all the press for reshooting Kevin Spacey’s scenes with Christopher Plummer, it has not translated into box office dollars. It earned around $7 million for the four-day weekend and about $14 million since its limited release. It still has a long way to go if it expects to match or exceed its $40 million price tag.