The Last Jedi (Already) Set to Pass $1 Billion at Box Office

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With a domestic total of $523 million, it will also close 2017 as the highest-grossing release of the year, passing the $504 million made by "Beauty and the Beast" back in the spring. The Last Jedi has been playing somewhere in the middle, which could translate to a January good for $150 million.

On the last day of the calendar year, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" has surpassed "Beauty and the Beast" as the top grossing film in North America in 2017. The Columbia Pictures film has earned a stunning $169.8 million to date and could even reach $300 million domestically by the end of its run. Early foreign totals for the Dwayne Johnson action comedy now stand at $50 million.

Yet another sequel, Pitch Perfect 3, took third place again by earning $18-million. The comedy sequel has earned $64.2 million so far. The Fox film netted $15.2 million.

In its first weekend in theaters after debuting on Christmas Day, Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World" took in $5.5 million, bringing its total to $12.6 million. The two-week total for Greatest Showman is $49 million so far.

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While Universal's "Pitch Perfect 3" didn't boost its numbers this weekend, it also posted solid numbers and will stay in third place this weekend, sitting between "Jumanji" and "Showman" with a $17.7 million 3-day/$22.7 million 4-day total, a drop off of just 14 percent that will give it a total by Monday's end of just under $70 million. The film has brought in $35 million from global markets so far. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday.

Carrie Fisher left us one year ago but as evidenced by the many recent tributes, her legacy and the impact she had on Star Wars fans never will cease.

Have a safe and Happy 2018, folks!