'Last Jedi' Is 2017's Box Office Winner in a Women-Led Year

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The eighth installment of the "Star Wars" franchise became the highest grossing film in the US for 2017 over the New Year's weekend, beating out "Beauty and the Beast".

In what should come as no surprise whatsoever, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is continuing to earn a lot of money. After just three weeks in theaters, the film is officially set to top $1 billion at the global box office.

Box office tracker comScore, which issued the number Sunday, said that the improvement was due to a variety of strong performances - including the Chinese blockbuster "Wolf Warrior 2", which has grossed $870 million.

Celebrities arrive on the red carpet to attend the premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. Worldwide, the film has grossed over one billion dollars!

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Third place went to that breaker of comic-book movie glass ceilings, "Wonder Woman", which lassoed $412.6 million in domestic ticket sales ($409.3 million overseas) for Warner Bros., minting two new A-list stars in the process - the actress Gal Gadot and the director Patty Jenkins.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is globally the fourth highest grossing movie of 2017. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in USA theaters on December 15, 2017. So, Disney has always been making money off of Star Wars but it's still an impressive benchmark for the movies.

Finally, there's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will probably finish somewhere between the total earnings of The Force Awakens and Rogue One. That is the fifth largest opening in box office history. It was never expected to reach the heights of The Force Awakens, and The Last Jedi was facing some genuine competition during that second week in the form of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Greatest Showman.

See this weekend's top 10 at the domestic box office below, via comScore.

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