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Box Office Breakdown (12 Dec – 18 Dec): The Force Is Strong

By nicholas | 19 Dec 2017
Box Office Breakdown (12 Dec – 18 Dec): The Force Is Strong
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Powered by Popcorn, we take a closer look at the week’s box office winners and losers. As your resident prognosticator, we’ll also share some of our predictions for the coming week.


Winner(s):

Porg-fect


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In a galaxy far, far away, this would be a different story, but as expected, Star Wars: The Last Jedi fulfilled its destiny by storming to the top of the box office charts, raking in the dough to the tune of $2.4 million in Imperial credits. Surprisingly, though, this number pales in comparison to past box office juggernauts like Wonder Woman, Fast & Furious 8 and even Justice League.

 

Not While I’m Around

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And perhaps, one reason why Star Wars: The Last Jedi didn’t make as much as it would like to is because of that pesky Dwayne Johnson movie, also known as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The action adventure sold more than half of its seats and grossed a solid $687,000 at the box office. Considering it only expands into wide release later this week, that’s a hugely impressive figure.

 

Loser(s): 

Win-Lose

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Opening in the shadows of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Wonder was the little movie that couldn’t. Serving as counterprogramming to a slate of tentpoles, the coming-of-age drama finished in 8th place and scrapped by with $99,000. On a positive note, this brings its total worldwide gross to an estimated US$155 million, against a production budget of US$20 million. This counts as a winner in my books.

 

Prediction(s): 

Ready To Rumble


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Christmas Day is almost upon us, but it’s not going to be a time of sharing. This week, five blockbusters will go head-to-head for the right to be named the proverbial gold star of the Christmas tree, including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Pitch Perfect 3, Bleeding Steel and Ferdinand. We can’t look beyond Star Wars: The Last Jedi for number one again, but who knows? It’s the magic of Christmas!

*All numbers are in estimates.

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