Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the U.S. box office‘s top earner of 2017… taking $517m in three weeks
The Force is strong with this one.
On the last day of the year, has become the top earning film of 2017, raking in an estimated $52.4million over the weekend.
That brings its domestic total to $517.1 million after just three weeks on release.
The haul powers it past the year‘s previous No. 1, Beauty And The Beast, which brought in $504 million during its four-month run.
And, with Monday‘s New Year‘s Day box office takings still to come, The Last Jedi‘s numbers will continue to soar.
It has also been a big earner overseas, bringing its grand total to just over $1 billion – with China yet to open the iconic space adventure.
The Last Jedi topped the weekend charts for the third time, but just barely.
Dwayne Johnson‘s board game based Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle nabbed $50.6 million in its second weekend.
The family friendly film, which also stars Jack Black and Kevin Hart, has earned a hefty $169.8 million on home to date and $219.3 globally.
The acapella comedy Pitch Perfect 3, starring an ensemble cast including Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, took third place in weekend two, with $17.8 million.
That brings its total to $64.3 million – still less than the $69.2 million Pitch Perfect 2 earned on its opening weekend alone in May 2015.
Another musical, The Greatest Showman, with Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, came in fourth with $15.3 million in its second weekend.
It‘s North American total now stands at $48.8 million with a global grab of almost $84 million.
The animated kids film Ferdinand, about a bull who is mistaken for a dangerous beast, took fifth with $11.7 million.
Starring the voice talents of John Cena, Kate McKinnon and Bobby Cannavale among others, it has earned almost $54 million at home.
And it‘s doing even better overseas where it has taken just under $72 million for a total of $125.7 million.
Meanwhile Matt Damon‘s Downsizing is having a tough time at the box office.
Taking $4.6 million in its second weekend in theaters, it has earned only $17.1 million to date against a $68 million production budget, for ninth place.