After a weekend that included Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday, Star Wars: The Last Jedi unwrapped an added $42.3M globally on Monday's Christmas Day. In The Last Jedi's case though, it has to do with silence, specifically about 10 seconds of it.
In the book The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Johnson spoke about the changes he made to Kylo Ren's costume, the most notable being the elimination of the helmet. Right now, the film is expected to cross the $800 million mark today, which means that it would be more than halfway there.
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" opened with the second-largest North American launch ever in its first weekend with $220 million. Considering how popular the helmet was after The Force Awakens, it was a huge marketing risk to have him destroy it. Turns out that director Rian Johnson felt the same, revealing that he was afraid to change up Kylo-Ren's look, yet acknowledged that it was needed.
Sony's president of distribution, Adrian Smith, said he was "absolutely pleased" with the performance of "Jumanji" so far. The tendency is that last-minute Christmas shopping or travel draws audiences away from seeing movies on those days, and this is often followed by audiences surging to go to the movies on Christmas Day and the remaining days leading up to New Year's.
Universal's "Pitch Perfect 3" took in $20.5 million at 3,447 theaters and is on track for $27 million by the end of the four-day period. "Pitch Perfect 3 " also opened with $9.8 million in 14 worldwide markets. The latter is going to be a very busy market this week with Jumanji, Coco and countryman Hugh Jackman's The Greatest Showman all taking their Oz bows. The movie, produced by Chernin Entertainment, opened on December 20 and is on track to take in about $18 million in its first six days. The film, directed by Alexander Payne and starring Matt Damon and Hong Chau, earned about $7.3 million since its release on Friday. While it received an A-minus from CinemaScore, the critics weren't as generous - the film landed a 29 percent "rotten" rating from Rotten Tomatoes.