Jedi holiday magic: 'Star Wars' holds top movie spot on Christmas weekend

Jedi holiday magic: 'Star Wars' holds top movie spot on Christmas weekend

Jedi holiday magic: 'Star Wars' holds top movie spot on Christmas weekend

In the U.S. Jedi is now the third highest-grossing film of 2017, just behind Wonder Woman (in second) and Beauty and the Beast. It faced competition for the first time on December 20, with Sony's action comedy "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle", which is leading the rest of the pack with $34 million at 3,765 sites for Friday-Sunday and a six-day total of around $64 million.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has become arguably the most polarizing film in the saga's 40-year history, with many diehard fans questioning Rian Johnson's plot points and character developments (or, in their opinion, lack thereof).

Pitch Perfect 3 came in third place with $20.4 million and is now expected to finish around $27 million through its first four days of release. The eighth installment in the Disney-owned space saga is expected to add another almost $69 million to its coffers over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. I'm predicting that this film will have a similar domestic gross around $60-70 million when it leaves theaters.

Ferdinand rounds out the top five with $7.1 million and is closing in on $30 million domestically.

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In a Herculean effort, Scott raced to finish his movie in time for its year-end release after replacing disgraced actor Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer, a pricey decision requiring reshoots and a new marketing campaign. "Coco", now in its fifth weekend, brought in about $7.4 million over the holiday weekend. "Pitch Perfect 3 " also opened with $9.8 million in 14 worldwide markets. The comedy Father Figures made a laughable $5.5 million in its first week of release, which was good enough for a tie Darkest Hour, but was more than likely disappointing for a film the studio probably expected better results from as it looks to disappear from the top ten next week altogether.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is showing now.

Steven Spielberg's "The Post", about The Washington Post's 1971 publishing of the so-called "Pentagon Papers" - a move starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks - also opened in nine theaters over the weekend.

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