There have been a lot of surprises at the box-office in recent times, however the Star Wars franchise has been the stick for which all other releases are measured. This past weekend’s release of The Last Jedi was no surprise, with the only shocks coming to Disney executive and stockholder’s bank accounts. The eighth feature in the Star Wars saga earned an estimated $220 million dollars, which is right on par with industry predictions and qualifies it for the second largest opening in film history.
While the film is now a certified blockbuster, the industry will now watch how the sequel holds up over the coming weeks after the movie received some of the largest backlash in franchise history. Many fans expressed disillusionment over some of the story decisions that director Rian Johnson made in the movie. The question will be whether the movie will drop more than the 60% or retain its audience for a massive second weekend.
The other new release for the weekend was Blue Sky’s Ferdinand, an animated family feature about a bull that has more to him than fighting. It made an estimated $13.4 million dollars and surely is a disappointment. While Star Wars is assured the top spot, there is an opportunity for other films to benefit due to sold out shows and crowded theaters. However, Fox Studios is in the process of being bought by Disney, so we will see what the future holds for the animation company after their release.
Third place belonged to Coco, the true animated standout of the holiday season. In the Pixar release’s fourth week in theaters it managed to gross an additional $9.9 million dollars, which brought its domestic total to over $150 million dollars. It seems that we should expect to see the film stay strong through the new year.
Wonder is the sleeper hit of the season and continued to rake in the dough. The Lionsgate release made an estimated $5.2 million dollars in its fifth week in theaters and has made well over $100 million dollars. Every year there is a unexpected success story and this certainly is the one for the present time.
Rounding out the top five spots is Justice League, which made an estimated $4.3 million dollars in fifth week of release. It doesn’t take a mathematician to calculate that the superhero team-up film, budgeted for a reported $300 million dollars, is a stunning failure. Fortunately, the new year should bring new clarity to Warner Bros upcoming slate of DC Films following this disastrous release.
Check out the complete Box-Office Report for the weekend of December 15th-17th, 2017.
|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count / Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|1||N||Star Wars: The Last Jedi||BV||$220,009,584||–||4,232||–||$51,987||$220,009,584||–||1|
|6||6||Daddy’s Home 2||Par.||$3,812,824||-35.6%||2,493||-770||$1,529||$96,592,806||$69||6|
|8||4||The Disaster Artist||A24||$2,717,237||-57.3%||1,010||+170||$2,690||$13,012,368||–||3|
|9||7||Murder on the Orient Express (2017)||Fox||$2,527,507||-51.0%||1,923||-1,166||$1,314||$97,310,249||$55||6|
Source: Box Office Mojo