Box Office: ‘Last Jedi,’ ‘Jumanji’ Rule Christmas; ‘Downsizing’ DOA

Box Office: ‘Last Jedi,’ ‘Jumanji’ Rule Christmas; ‘Downsizing’ DOA

Box Office: ‘Last Jedi,’ ‘Jumanji’ Rule Christmas; ‘Downsizing’ DOA

$DIS, $CMCSA, $SNE, $FOXA. $VIA, $TWX

Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle are the Big Winners of the Holiday box-office feast, while at the other end of the Christmas table

Alexander Payne’s Downsizing and Father Figures came DOA.

Disney (NYSE:DIS), and Lucasfilm’s The Last Jedi is pacing to gross $100.7-M from 4,232 theaters for the long Christmas Holiday weekend after posting 3-day weekend earnings of $65.5-M, pushing its domestic total to $397-M by the end of Christmas Day.

Through Sunday, the film’s global box office is a mighty $745.5-M after earning another $75.1-M this weekend from 54 foreign markets, helping Disney jump the $6-Bmark at the global box office for the 2nd time and a feat no other studio has accomplished.

In a major win for Sony (NYSE:SNE), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is on course to earn $64-M or more in its 6-day debut, it opened Wednesday in 3,765 theaters to come in #2., including $34-M for the 3-day weekend.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle skewed male (56%), while a hearty 55% of the audience was under the age of 25, signaling its playing to families. Internationally, the movie launched to $49.5-M from its first 27 markets, including a debut of $10.1-M in the US and $14.8 million across Asia, excluding China.

Universal’s Pitch Perfect 3, which is on track for a 4-day debut of $27-M after launching Friday in 3,447 theaters. The film, grossing $20.5-M for the weekend proper and placing # 3, is succeeding in luring younger females; 69% of ticket buyers were female, while 57% under the age of 25.

Overseas, Pitch Perfect 3 debuted to $9.8-M from its first markets for a global box office of $36.8-M through Monday.

Placing #4 is Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA) and Chernin’s The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman as circus impresario PT Barnum. The music-infused biographical drama is coming in behind expectations with a 6-day debut of $18.1 million from 3,006 locations, including $8.6-M for the 3-day weekend.

The Greatest Showman and The Last Jedi both sport an A CinemaScore, while Jumanji and Pitch Perfect 3 received an A-. Pitch Perfect 3Downsizing and Father Figures opened Friday.

Downsizing is projected to earn $6.2-M from 2,558 theaters in its 4-day debut for 7th place, including $4.6-M for the 3-day weekend. The previous regime at Paramount, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) paid $70-M to make the R-rated satire, it got C CinemaScore.

Father Figures, from Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) is looking at a 4-day debut of $4.2-M from 3,902 theaters after earning $3.2-M from Friday-Sunday.  It earned a B- CinemaScore.

Award contenders

Focus Features’s The Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldham as Winston Churchill, will take an impressive $5.9-M between Friday and Christmas Day after expanding into a total of 700 theaters on Friday.

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, from Fox Searchlight and scoring seven top Golden Globe noms, the most of any film, is also expanding. It is projected to gross $4.3-M from 726 cinemas for the 4 days for a domestic total through Christmas Day of $9.6-M.

Steven Spielberg’s The Post, launched Friday in 9 theaters. The awards hopeful may theater average of $80,000 in its 4-day opening.

Have a Happy Christmas Holiday Weekend.

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