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Movies

'Jedi’ bests the Beast for top film

Rey (Daisy Ridley) is shown in a scene from"Star Wars: The Last Jedi." The movie is projected to become the highest-grossing film of 2017 on the final day of the year.
Rey (Daisy Ridley) is shown in a scene from"Star Wars: The Last Jedi." The movie is projected to become the highest-grossing film of 2017 on the final day of the year.

LOS ANGELES — The Force remains strong with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” as the latest installment of the “Star Wars” saga was projected to become the highest-grossing film of 2017.

Disney’s space odyssey grossed
$52.4 million Friday through Sunday, bringing its projected 2017 gross to $517.1 million, edging out fellow Disney property “Beauty and the Beast,” which grossed $504 million earlier in the year.

Although “The Last Jedi” was projected to win the weekend proper, Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” could prove to carry the holiday.

The reboot of 1995’s “Jumanji” took in $50.57 million at the box office Friday through Sunday, but strong New Year’s Day projections had the movie earning $67 million through Monday, surpassing the holiday weekend projections for “The Last Jedi” at $65.6 million.

“Jumanji” was expected to gross $186.3 million through Monday in its second weekend of release.

The rest of the top five at the box office remains in stasis from last weekend.

Universal’s “Pitch Perfect 3” lands at No. 3. The latest a cappella adventure of the Bellas earned $17.78 million Friday through Sunday, bringing the film’s cumulative gross to $64.27 million in its second weekend of release.

Fox’s “The Greatest Showman” is holding strong at No. 4 at the box office, grossing more over the New Year’s holiday than it did in its first weekend of release. The tale of P.T. Barnum starring Hugh Jackman grossed an estimated $15.27 million through Sunday.

Fox’s “Ferdinand” held steady in its third weekend of release, earning $11.65 million Friday through Sunday, good enough for a top five finish at the box office.

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