In a year in which the final North American box office number is expected to decline by about 2.5% to a three-year low, the heavy hitters are realigning a bit. Deadline reports that Disney/Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has just moved into second place for the year with $423.7 million in gross receipts, topping “Wonder Woman’s” $412.6 million.
“Last Jedi” also stands a good chance of outgunning Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” which currently holds down the year’s top spot with $504 million in receipts.
Variety notes that 2016 was the highest year on record for North American box office, with an overall total of $11.38 billion.
“As of Christmas Day, the domestic total for  was $10.68 billion, or 2.7% behind the same time frame a year ago,” Variety reports. “The final six days of 2017 are likely to generate somewhere between last year’s six-day total of $408 million and 2015’s six-day haul of $431 million, according to box office tracker comScore.
“So the final 2017 number will be between $11.09 billion and $11.11 billion — about $270 million behind last year’s final total.”