Everyone knew that “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi” would win the box-office this week, but no one was sure if it would be able to top “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” on opening weekend. The race is still close to call, but so far it seems that “The Force Awakens” may be able to keep its crown.
The weekend estimate shows “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opening with $220M domestically, just shy of the $247M that “The Force Awakens” opened with in 2015. That $220M is estimated at this point, and an increase in Sunday night viewership could see “The Last Jedi” catching up to its Episode VII counterpart. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was directed by Rian Johnson, the film features Carrie Fisher, the film was shot before her passing, as well as Daisy Ridley, Tom Hardy, Adam Driver, Billie Lourd, Mark Hamill, Gwendoline Christie, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and John Boyega.
If you want to put that opening weekend in perspective, here is the rundown for the modern-era “Star Wars” films. “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” brought in over $64M on opening weekend back in 1999, the film then went on to make over $1B worldwide. “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” grossed over $649M worldwide after grossing $80M on opening weekend. “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” did see an improvement over the second installment, grossing $848M worldwide after a $108M opening weekend. It was “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” that really put Star Wars on the right track at the box-office, bringing in over $2B worldwide at the box-office after a $247M weekend debut. Even “Rogue One” had a monumental run in theaters, bringing in over $1B worldwide after clearing $155M on opening weekend.
“Ferdinand,” from Fox, also opened this weekend. The animated-comedy did manage to beat “CoCo” at the box-office on its debut in theaters, bringing in $13M across 3,621 locations to land in second-place overall. “Ferdinand” was directed by Carlos Saldanha, the film features the voice talents of John Cena, Kate McKinnon, and Bobby Cannavale.
Disney’s “CoCo” dropped to third-place this weekend, but did gross $10M while remaining in 3,155 locations. This brings the film’s four-week total to just over $150M domestically. “Coco” was directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, working off an original story written by Lee Unkrich and Jason Katz. The animated-comedy features the voice talents of Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, and Benjamin Bratt.
Lionsgate’s “Wonder” grossed another $5M this weekend, landing the film in fourth-place overall on the domestic charts, and raising the film’s five-week total to just under $110M. “Wonder” was written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, the film stars Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, and Julia Roberts.
Wrapping up the top-five this weekend was “Justice League” from Warner Bros. Pictures. The film only brought in $4M this weekend, raising the film’s five-week domestic total to just over $219M. “Justice League” was directed by Zack Snyder, the film features Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller, Jay Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nelson, and Jeremy Irons.
Next week the theaters will once again start offering new, non Star Wars, related content. The films “The Greatest Showman” and “Jumanji” are set to open across the country next weekend, hoping to take down the Star Wars empire.