Box Office: “Last Jedi” and “Jumanji” are neck-and-neck on the last Movie Weekend of 2017

boxA very good Friday suggests that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” could hit $55 million on this, its third weekend in theaters, big bucks which could make 2017 an $11 billion+ year in ticket sales, according to Deadline.com. 

That would be the third best BO year ever, and considering this past summer was the worst in recent memory, that says a lot for the heft of “Star Wars” and Pixar’s “Coco” and the other hits of fall and spring (“Beauty and the Beast”) that made it possible.

But “Last Jedi” was projected to hit $57, and Saturday and Sunday have yet to be tallied. If last weekend was any indication, those two days will drag that number down a bit. Projections last weekend seemed to drop by the day.

And “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” is nipping at the Jedi’s heels. It is on track to do $50 million, and Saturday and Sunday will tell all with that one, too. A kid-friendly comedy with The Rock and Kevin Hart and Jack Black and a smart, tough, self-mocking starlet (Karen Gillan) in Tomb Raider tart-wear? Who knew that’d hit?

“Pitch Perfect 3” is on track to hit $70 million, overall, with another $23-25 million this weekend. Young ladies do love their Bellas. Pity Anna Kendrick et al haven’t been able to turn this success into clout in terms of the movies they get offered.

“Greatest Showman” is showing Golden Globes nominated legs, “Darkest Hour” and “All the Money in the World” are holding their own, “Downsizing” didn’t drop out of the top ten, but “The Shape of Water” and “Father Figures” did. “Molly’s Game” will need more awards buzz to have a prayer of cracking into it.

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