The Last Jedi tops Wednesday with $16.9M, Jumanji opens with $7.2M
Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm‘s Star Wars: The Last Jedi added $16.9 million domestically and $20.3 million internationally yesterday, for a global Wednesday take of $37.2 million. The new film is now up to $278.8 million in North America and $295 million overseas to push its global sum to $573.8 million.
The international highlights include: UK $50.1M; Germany $29.8M; France $22.8M; Australia $21.3M; Japan $19.6M; Spain $10.4M; Brazil $9.9M; Russia $9.7M; Mexico $8.7M; Italy $8.6M; Sweden $7.2M; Poland $6.0M; Korea $6.0M; and Denmark $5.1M. The Last Jedi will open in China on January 5th.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which received an A CinemaScore, was written and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcoming back cast members Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran. The sequel was produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.
Opening in second place on Wednesday was Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which took in $7.2 million on opening day from 3,765 locations for a total so far of $9.1 million (counting special Amazon Prime screenings last Friday). The studio predicts the film is on track for $30 million for the five-day opening and $45 million for the six days, which includes Christmas Day. The film received an A- CinemaScore from audiences.
In the brand-new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the game has changed as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they decide to play and are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, in the bodies of the avatar characters they chose (Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan). What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – Jumanji plays you. To win, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was directed by Jake Kasdan from a script by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers and Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner.
Also opening in third place on Wednesday was 20th Century Fox’s The Greatest Showman, which brought in $2.5 million from 3,005 theaters. Receiving an A CinemaScore, the Michael Gracey-directed musical stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya.