This week several major-releases hit the box-office, all hoping to take down “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and capitalize on the holiday season. While it may have been a sound strategy, the box-office was not very kind to new releases, and Star Wars and Jumanji dominated most of the ticket-sales over the weekend. It’s still a great weekend for moviegoers overall, with eight new films (including the specialty box-office releases like “Hostiles” and “The Post”) to see over the holidays. You can also choose to see Star Wars for a second, third, or even fourth time of course.
Despite all of the new releases, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” took the top spot on the domestic charts for the second weekend in a row with a $68M weekend. The film remained in 4,232 locations this week, and has grossed over $365M domestically. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was directed by Rian Johnson, the film features Carrie Fisher, the film was shot before her passing, as well as Daisy Ridley, Tom Hardy, Adam Driver, Billie Lourd, Mark Hamill, Gwendoline Christie, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and John Boyega.
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” from Sony Pictures, was the highest grossing new release this weekend, bringing in $34M across 3,765 locations. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” was directed by Jake Kasdan, working off a screenplay written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black.
Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect 3” landed in third-place overall on the domestic charts, bringing in $20M across 3,447 locations. “Pitch Perfect 3” was directed by Trish Sie, working from a screenplay by Kay Cannon and Mike White. The film features Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, and Hailee Steinfeld.
“The Greatest Showman,” from FOX, only managed to bring in $8.6M across 3,006 locations, that was good enough to come in fourth-place overall on the domestic-charts. “The Greatest Showman” was directed by Michael Gracey, the screenplay was written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, and Zandaya. FOX’s animated-comedy “Ferdinand” is doing a little better in the box-office, this weekend’s $7M gross across 3,630 locations raises the film’s two-week total to just over $26M, and the film wrapped-up the top-five at the domestic box-office. “Ferdinand” was directed by Carlos Saldanha, the film features the voice talents of John Cena, Kate McKinnon, and Bobby Cannavale.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning is “Downsizing,” a new-release from Paramount Pictures. The film only managed to gross $4.6M across 2,668 locations, landing in seventh-place overall. “Downsizing” was directed by Alexander Payne, who also wrote the story with Jim Taylor. The film stars Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, and Kristen Wiig. The Warner Bros. Pictures’ comedy “Father Figures” did even worse, only grossing $3.2M across 2,902 locations. “Father Figures” was directed by Lawrence Sher, the film stars Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Glenn Close, Christopher Walken, Ving Rhames, and Terry Bradshaw.
Next week will be the big release for “All the Money in the World,” which was directed by Ridley Scott. The film was based on the book by John Pearson ($12 at Amazon), and features Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, and Timothy Hutton.