On the last day of the calendar year, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" has surpassed "Beauty and the Beast" as the top grossing film in North America in 2017. That would bring the film's box office haul to just over $1 billion before worldwide numbers are updated, pushing the film past the lifetime gross of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which finished with $1.06 billion, but still well below Star Wars: The Force Awakens' $2 billion gross. It's estimated to finish the weekend with $66 million-plus, bringing its domestic total around $187 million.
The Force is strong with this one. And with over $120 million globally this weekend, The Last Jedi has passed $1 billion to become the third-biggest global release of the year (and 24th-biggest all-time).
But while "The Last Jedi" is still on course to hit that target, it is finding some unexpected competition in the form of Columbia Pictures' "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle", which has performed very well in a crowded Christmas market.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in cinemas now. In fact, estimates put "Jumanji" just behind "Star Wars" with $50 million for the weekend from 3,765 screens, with Friday's totals sitting just behind that of "Star Wars" with $17.8 million. That's good news for the film business, which is hoping to close a year-over-year gap as much as possible.