'The Last Jedi' Approaches $800M Global Box Office With Christmas Coin Counted

27 December, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
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In Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Comps to 2015's The Force Awakens are not apples-to-apples given how the calendar played out this year.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" opened with the second-largest North American launch ever in its first weekend with $220 million. Hollywood certainly isn't pleased that revenue for three-day weekend was down 6 percent from previous year. Hugh Jackman's latest film, The Greatest Showman brought in $14 million over the holiday weekend to bring its elongated opening week total to $18.6 million.

So, should Disney and Lucasfilm be anxious (if they're not already)?

Christmas Eve always sees a down tick in box office before the numbers shoot back up on Christmas Day. The film, directed by Alexander Payne and starring Matt Damon and Hong Chau, earned about $7.3 million since its release on Friday. So it's not as if the critically acclaimed sequel just withered up and died.

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The Hollywood Reporter is noting that their box office insiders are telling them that they expect Star Wars: The Last Jedi to make about $1.6 billion globally by the time it finishes its run at the global box office.

The film has now grossed $365 million domestically and is already the third highest domestic release of 2017 only behind Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman.

The other two new wide releases didn't have impressive openings.

"Father Figures" grossed a tepid $3.2 million at 3,902 theaters during Friday-Sunday and should add about $1 million on Monday. "A gross well-and-above $600m is all-but-guaranteed". The film, distributed by Walt Disney Co., has now grossed over $745 million since its December 15 release, already enough to make it the 10th-highest grossing film of the year, but the film's domestic take still puts it 30% behind its predecessor, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", which was released in 2015, according to Box Office Pro data.

As things stand right now on Tuesday morning, The Last Jedi has grossed $397.2 million domestic and $777.5 million worldwide. Those criticisms are at least understandable, if misguided, but there's one moment in the film that audiences apparently find so confounding, it's prompted certain movie theaters to post disclaimers outside their auditoriums. No need to hit the panic button.


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