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Latest 'Star Wars' passes $1 billion mark in third week

Latest 'Star Wars' passes $1 billion mark in third week

Half of that total was amassed in the film's very first week of release, and the film is expected to become the highest grossing movie of 2017 overall, despite only being released in December. The Last Jedi has been playing somewhere in the middle, which could translate to a January good for $150 million.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is the fourth 2017 title to go past $1 billion worldwide, along with Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at $1.26 billion, Universal's "The Fate of the Furious" at $1.24 billion and Universal-Illumination's "Despicable Me 3" at $1.03 billion.

Just three weeks after its release, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" has already raked in more than $1 billion around the world.

"The Last Jedi" is now the eighth-largest domestic release of all time with $517 million. The Matt Damon-starrer has earned only $17.1 million to date against a $68 million production budget. Overseas, the Bellas have brought in $29 million so far.

The acapella franchise "Pitch Perfect 3" took third place in weekend two, with $17.8 million, bringing its total to $64.3 million — still less than what "Pitch Perfect 2" earned on its opening weekend alone in May 2015 ($69.2 million).

Next was "The Greatest Showman", from Fox, at $20.3 million. The animated kids film "Ferdinand" took fifth with $11.7 million.

Another adult-targeted film, Alexander Payne's "Downsizing", is struggling in theaters, taking in $4.6 million in its second weekend in theaters. Up 59% from one week ago, Ferdinand has scored $54 million so far domestically and an additional $72 million from foreign markets. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday. Watch for either Last Jedi or Jumanji to rule the box office once again.

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