AceShowbiz - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" repeated as the winner of the North American box office with an estimated $68.5 million at 4,323 locations in its second weekend. The Rian Johnson-directed "Star Wars" film managed to hold off any new releases this weekend, including "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle", "Pitch Perfect 3" and "The Greatest Showman".
Sony's adventure movie starring Dwayne "%cThe Rock%" Johnson, %cKevin Hart%, %cJack Black%, %cKaren Gillan% and %cNick Jonas% opened at No. 2 with an estimated $34 million. Meanwhile, the two critically-panned musical movies followed with approximately $20.4 million and $8.6 million in third and fourth places respectively.
These three movies collectively bagged less than "The Last Jedi" since opening on Friday, December 22. According to box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of comScore, "It's an overwhelming array of options at the movie theater, which could prove daunting to most moviegoers. But you'd have to be a Scrooge not to find a movie you like in this marketplace."
Sony's president of distribution, Adrian Smith, said that he was "absolutely pleased" with the performance of "Jumanji" so far. He said that "it's above our expectations," adding, "We have incredible momentum as we head into one of the biggest movie-going weeks of the year."
Rounding out the top five was Fox's animated film "Ferdinand", which is based on the children's book "The Story of Ferdinand". The family-friendly film about a gentle bull voiced by %cJohn Cena% dropped three spots to fifth place with an additional $7.1 million in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total to $26.5 million.
In addition, Steven Spielberg's major awards contender, "The Post", opened strong in limited release this weekend. The film starring %cTom Hanks% as Ben Beedlee and %cMeryl Streep% as Katherine Graham earned $495,000 at nine sites for Friday-Sunday for an impressive $55,000 per location average.
Top Ten Movies at Weekend Box Office for December 22-24: