Pitch Perfect 3 came in third place with $20.4 million and is now expected to finish around $27 million through its first four days of release. For frame of reference, that would be about $600 million ahead of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's $1 billion gross and about $400 million behind the most impressive $2 billion haul that Star Wars: The Force Awakens pulled. "Ferdinand", appearing for its second weekend, grossed almost $9.7 million over the weekend, totaling nearly $29.2 million since its debut through Monday. But moviegoers are showing little interest in Paramount's "Downsizing" and Warner Bros. Rogue One's second Monday in 2016, conversely, was quite sizable - falling on December 26 a year ago and repping 44% of its weekend (which had also been impacted by the holiday).
Josh Greenstein, Sony's president of worldwide marketing and distribution, pointed to the A- CinemaScore as an indication that "Jumanji" is attracting all demographics. The film scored the biggest domestic opener ever last week with $220 million and the fifth-biggest worldwide opening with $450 million. Maybe that's why The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson was terrified to do so when it came to Kylo Ren's iconic helmet. The threequel brought back the Bellas singing group with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and Hana Mae Lee reprising their roles. The Michael Gracey-directed film, which opened Wednesday, brought in $14 million over the weekend. The latter is going to be a very busy market this week with Jumanji, Coco and countryman Hugh Jackman's The Greatest Showman all taking their Oz bows. The movie, produced by Chernin Entertainment, opened on December 20 and is on track to take in about $18 million in its first six days.
Johnson left and Carrie Fisher on the set of"Star Wars The Last Jedi
The Christmas holiday weekend apparently wasn't the best time to go wide with Downsizing starring Matt Damon. Its audience and critics ratings were also not-so-big: the movie received a C CinemaScore and 51 percent "rotten" rating from Rotten Tomatoes. I'm predicting that this film will have a similar domestic gross around $60-70 million when it leaves theaters. The film follows brothers - played by Owen Wilson and Ed Helms - who set out to find their biological father. Fox will go wide with the journalism drama on January 12.
North Korea said to be testing anthrax-tipped ballistic missiles
North Korea claimed it had completed its nuclear force after it fired a new Hwasong-15 ICBM in late November. Nuclear attacks aren't the only thing to worry about from North Korea.