Star Wars blasts to $745M worldwide, Jumanji opens in second place
Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm‘s Star Wars: The Last Jedi remained in first place domestically with $68.5 million its second weekend (Friday to Sunday), a drop of 69% in ticket sales, to bring its total to $365.1 million through Sunday. It’s expected to earn $100.7 million from Friday through Christmas Day, for a North American total of $397 million. Internationally, The Last Jedi added $75.1 million this weekend and has now grossed $380.3 million, for a global total of $745.4 million through Sunday. The Last Jedi is scheduled to open in China on January 5th.
With the success of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the worldwide box office, Disney has crossed the $6 billion mark for the second consecutive year, making it the first and only studio to reach this milestone twice (and to have done so in consecutive years). 2017 is now the studio’s second best year ever, passing their 2015 total of $5.845 billion, and one of the biggest in industry history. Disney’s best year remains the industry all-time record of $7.6 billion in 2016. Disney is the only studio to break the $5 billion mark globally in three consecutive years (no other studio has done it in consecutive years).
Star Wars: The Last Jedi 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.
In second place, Columbia Pictures‘ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle took in $34 million its first weekend from 3,765 theaters, an average of $9,031 per theater, and has earned $50.6 million through Sunday (the film started playing in theaters last Wednesday). Jumanji is on track for a $64 million domestic total through Christmas Day. Internationally, the film impressed with $49.5 million from 53 territories, bringing the worldwide total to $100.1 million through Sunday. Jumanji‘s upcoming overseas markets include Australia (Dec. 26), Italy (Jan. 1), South Korea (Jan. 3), Brazil (Jan. 4), China (Jan. 12), and Japan (Apr. 6). Directed by Jake Kasdan, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, and Bobby Cannavale. The film, which was made for about $90 million, received an A- CinemaScore from audiences.
Third place in North America belonged to Universal Pictures‘ Pitch Perfect 3, which opened to $20.5 million from 3,447 theaters, an average of $7,843 per theater. The studio thinks the third installment will have earned $27 million through Christmas Day. Internationally, Pitch Perfect 3 collected $9.8 million from 14 markets. Receiving an A- CinemaScore, the sequel was directed by Trish Sie and stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, John Lithgow, DJ Khaled, Hana Mae Lee, Ruby Rose, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Ester Dean, Shelley Regner, Kelley Jakle, with John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks. It was made for $45 million.
Opening in fourth place was 20th Century Fox‘s The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. The musical debuted to $8.6 million from 3,006 theaters, an average of $2,861 per location. Having opened last Wednesday, the film has earned $13.2 million through Sunday and is expected to sit at $18.2 million through Christmas Day. Internationally, The Greatest Showman brought in $4.1 million from three markets and will open in 60 markets next weekend, including the UK, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, and Italy. The film, directed by Michael Gracey, received an A CinemaScore and was made for $84 million.
20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios’ Ferdinand, based on the book by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, rounded out the top five its second weekend with $7 million and has grossed $26.5 million through Sunday (the estimate through Christmas Day is $28.7 million). Overseas, Ferdinand collected $21.5 million from 62 markets to take its international total to $30.6 million, with 21 more markets to come in January. Directed by Carlos Saldanha, the $111 million-budgeted film features the voices of John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Cannavale, Peyton Manning, Gina Rodriguez, Miguel Angel Silvestre, David Tennant, Flula Borg, Jerrod Carmichael, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Juanes, Boris Kodjoe, Karla Martínez, and more.
Disney•Pixar’s Coco added $5.2 million its fifth weekend in sixth place and has now earned $161.3 million domestically. Internationally, Coco took in $13.3 million and has grossed $325 million, for a worldwide total of $486.3 million, with $165.5 million coming from China and $57.6 million from Mexico. Directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, Coco features the voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal, Edward James Olmos, Alanna Ubach, and more.
Paramount Pictures’ Downsizing got off to a slow start in the seventh spot with just $4.6 million from 2,668 theaters, an average of $1,724. Made for $68 million, the Alexander Payne-directed film received a C CinemaScore from audiences. Downsizing stars Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Jason Sudeikis, and Kristen Wiig.
Focus Features’ Darkest Hour expanded to 806 theaters, where the film grossed $4.1 million. Directed by Joe Wright and starring Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn, the film has earned $6.96 million after five weeks.
The new Lawrence Sher-directed comedy Father Figures (Warner Bros. Pictures) brought in just $3.2 million in ninth place from 2,902 theaters, an average of $1,103 per theater. Starring Ed Helms, Owen Wilson, Ving Rhames, J.K. Simmons, Terry Bradshaw, Katt Williams, and Glenn Close, Father Figures received a B- CinemaScore.
In the tenth spot, director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight Pictures) earned $3.1 million from 726 theaters (the film added 568 theaters this weekend), an average of $4,201 per location. The film, starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer, has brought in $7.6 million after four weeks.
Also of note was Steven Spielberg’s The Post (20th Century Fox), starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, which opened in just nine theaters but managed to gross $495,000, an average of $55,000 per theater.