Box Office: December 22 – 25, 2017

YOUR BOX OFFICE NUMBERS (from Box Office Mojo)

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  2. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  3. Pitch Perfect 3
  4. The Greatest Showman
  5. Ferdinand

(Four-day numbers here. I used these for the writeup.)

The Last Jedi held the lead against strong opening competition. While a hundred million-dollar second week is nothing to sniff at, it also represents a 54% drop. Ferdinand, pushed down to fifth place by Jumanji, Pitch Perfect 3 and The Greatest Showman, actually had a comparatively better second week, with a drop of only 28%. The numbers for both are a lot worse if you only look at the three-day count, though the ranking doesn’t change.

Maybe it’s evidence of the surrealism that is 2017, but your choices for new movies this week were 1) a Jumanji sequel, 2) a musical following an a cappella group at a USO show, or 3) a musical where Wolverine does his own singing. It may feel a lifetime ago, now, but Logan came out this year. I’m not particularly literate on any of the top three newcomers, but I saw a cool talk by a couple of carnies earlier this year who described P. T. Barnum as not a nice person. (Not to be snowed, the AV Club called Showman “the fuzzy, affectionate side of exploitation.”)

Downsizing opened at #7, and Father Figures at #9. Darkest Hour and The Shape of Water continue to rise, now 8th and 10th, respectively. At #12, Christmas kids’ flick The Star has now taken $38.6M on a $20M budget, while Justice League fell behind it to 13th.

Opening in limited release: The Post (#17, nine theaters); Happy End (#22, three theaters); and Hostiles (#23, also three theaters).