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For months, film fans and pundits have been speculating about how much Star Wars: The Last Jedi will make on its opening weekend at the U.S. box office. Clearly, getting close to the figure of just under $248 million that Star Wars: The Force Awakens made was not likely.
For its opening weekend, the stars aligned for The Force Awakens and the circumstances of its release were very different. Still, the expectation was that The Last Jedi would make well over $200 million on its opening weekend at the U.S. box office. I expected it would make somewhere between $215-230 million.
Turns out I was right. Star Wars: The Last Jedi has made $220 million on its opening weekend at the U.S. box office. Obviously, this makes The Last Jedi the #1 film at the U.S. box office. It made a further $230 million at the international box office for a worldwide total of $450 million. As I said above, The Force Awakens made $248 million at the U.S. box office on its opening weekend. Worldwide, The Force Awakens made $530 million on its opening weekend.
So, The Last Jedi made less on its opening weekend than its predecessor but this was expected. The money it managed to make is still a fantastic result for the film. Indeed, The Last Jedi garnered the second-highest gross for both an opening day and weekend at the U.S. box office. The only film that tops The Last Jedi in both regards is, you guessed it, The Force Awakens.
Clearly, the Star Wars franchise is breaking numerous box office records. Additionally, it does not look like that will end any time soon. While the performance of The Last Jedi on its opening weekend is impressive, we must consider another staggering reality. Indeed, the amount that The Last Jedi made as a worldwide total on its opening weekend is over 1/10th of what Disney paid to buy Lucasfilm from George Lucas in 2012. I mean, that deal now looks like an absolute steal. This is especially true when you see how much the Disney/Fox deal was worth.
Other Films’ Box Office Performance
With a film such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it was never in doubt that it would be #1 at the U.S. and worldwide box office on its opening weekend. Still, other films were being shown at cinemas and they managed to garner some money. Indeed, animated films such as Ferdinand (#2) and Coco (#3) made a total of $13.3 and $10 million respectively. Wonder came in at #4 while Justice League rounded out the Top 5.
I expect films such as The Greatest Showman, Pitch Perfect 3 and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to make a good impact at the U.S. and worldwide box office next weekend. Still, make no mistake, The Last Jedi will be #1 again next weekend and it will continue its financially lucrative journey. Indeed, by the end of its run, I can see The Last Jedi making at least $1.5 billion worldwide which will be a great return for Lucasfilm.
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