Moviegoers may have been immersed in holiday parties and preparations in the days leading up to Christmas, but they still filled theaters for some Jedi Knight magic.
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.
The sci-fi action comedy/thriller's biggest competition came from the Jumanji sequel, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which found Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan playing the avatars of teenagers who were unexpectedly catapulted into the game. 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. Pitch Perfect 2, directed by Elizabeth Banks, followed on May 15, 2015 and rang up an outstanding $69 million in its first weekend.
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The Last Jedi's current domestic total (at $395.6 million) is also significant - especially when you consider an alt-right group has taken credit for the film's plummeting audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Seventh-place finisher Coco continues to bring in steady returns, earning $7.4 million to bring its five-week total to $163.5 million. Of that, $14.8M comes from the global box office, repping 19% of the second weekend.
Debuting in the sixth spot with $7.7 million was writer/director Alexander Payne's comedy Downsizing, starring Matt Damon and Hong Chau. The movie received a B CinemaScore. Two celebrated films, "Darkest Hour" and "The Shape of Water", expanded to hundreds more screens this weekend. Oldman is considered a likely best actor nominee for the Oscars. Scott and Sony's TriStar chose to launch the film on December 25 to provide some breathing room from the flood of movies opening over Christmas weekend, and are counting on attracting adults throughout the week.
"Father Figures" grossed a tepid $3.2 million at 3,902 theaters during Friday-Sunday and should add about $1 million on Monday.