Monday, December 18, 2017

Weekend Box-Office: STAR WARS - THE LAST JEDI Scores Second Largest Opening Ever


"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" delivered on its promise of an epic box-office debut and gave the charts a serious boost over the weekend. In the meantime, Fox's animated feature "Ferdinand" barely registered in its opening weekend.

Find out more about the weekend box office after the jump.

Disney's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" opened with $220 million, the second largest opening weekend of all time, behind the $247.9 million grossed by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". While no longer the record breaking behemoth that was TFA, TLJ managed to become second-best in the following achievements: $100 million grossed on opening day, largest single day, largest Friday and fastest film to reach $100 million.

While the hype was strong with this one, things are complicated on the fandom front, where the film is currently taking some hard hits. Many fans have taken to sites like Metacritic, Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb to speak out against the film, lowering its scores wherever possible. On Rotten Tomatoes the audience score is just 56%, compared to the overly-enthusiastic 93% critical reception. On Metacritic it's 5.0 out of 10 from users and a score of 86 out of 100 from critics. These are the worst scores the franchise has ever received from its fans. The film's CinemaScore grade is a solid "A", however. But, the hardcore fans are usually the ones that go watch a move several times and provide big box-office numbers, especially in the case of a property like "Star Wars". It remains to be seen if this unprecedented fandom uprising will lead to a severe drop in revenue in the following weeks.

Overseas, "The Last Jedi" opened with $230 million, the tenth largest international opening of all-time, and with a worldwide total of $450 million it has become the fifth largest global debut ever. Disney has now joined Warner Bros. as the only studios to cross the $2 billion mark domestically in 2017. For Disney this is the third consecutive year crossing this milestone, and given the recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox, it will probably continue to bring in the billions for years to come.

And yes, there are other films in the Top 10. One of them is the second new wide release, the animated film "Ferdinand", which opened with a slim $13.3 million, the lowest debut ever for a Blue Sky release. The studio's previous all-time low was "Ice Age: Collision Course" with $21.3 million. Since "Ferdinand" cost $111 million to produce, I doubt Fox is going to be happy about how this one will turn out, despite the studio being optimistic. "Ferdinand" received mixed to positive reviews from critics (73% on Rotten Tomatoes and 58 on Metacritic), while CinemaScore reports an "A" grade from opening day polls.

Disney and Pixar's "Coco" dropped to #3 with $10 million, which brings its domestic total to $150.8 million, while internationally it raked in $297.4 million.

"Wonder" is still going strong in fourth place with $5.4 million after a soft 36.1% drop. The film has already grossed $109.2 million versus its $20 million budget, and has also delivered $44.4 million from overseas locations.

The Top 5 is rounded up by "Justice League" which grossed $4.1 million, bringing its domestic cume to a modest $219.4 million. Internationally the film has raked in $414.5 million.

At #8, the biopic "The Disaster Artist" suffered a severe blow, dropping 58% and grossing just $2.6 million from 1,010 theaters after a successful nationwide expansion last week.

New Wide Releases: "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", "Ferdinand".

Biggest Drop : "The Disaster Artist" (-58%)

Smallest Drop : "Daddy's Home 2" (-35.8%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Star Wars: The Last Jedi $220M $220M $230M N/A
2 Ferdinand $13.3M $13.3M 6.1$M $111M
3 Coco $10M $150.8M $297.4M $200M
4 Wonder $5.4M $109.2M $44.4M $20M
5 Justice League $4.1M $219.4M $414.5M $300M
6 Daddy's Home 2 $3.8M $96.5M $61M $69M
7 Thor: Ragnarok $2.9M $306.3M $535.4M $180M
8 The Disaster Artist $2.6M $12.9M $2.6M $10M
9 Murder on the Orient Express $2.4M $97.2M $200.6M $55M
10 Lady Bird $2.1M $25.9M N/A $10M


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