The latest entry in the Star Wars franchise will finish the 4-day weekend in 6th place at the domestic box office, with $12.1M, which places “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” ahead of “Paddington 2.” The Jumanji reboot finished at the top with an estimated $28.1M take for the holiday weekend.
Don’t feel too bad for Disney and Lucasfilm, in five weekends, The Last Jedi has cleaned up $596M domestically and a worldwide total of $1.268. That moves it beyond Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and leaves it closing in on “Frozen” at $1.28B. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is still safe at the top with $2.1B. Marvel’s “The Avengers” at $1.5B and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at $1.4B are potentially in reach. I say potentially, because it would require a big turnaround in China where “The Last Jedi” never took off.
Regardless, 3rd overall for all Disney movies is nothing to swing a lightsaber at. In fact, it’s pretty darn good. The Rian Johnson directed Episode VIII is also now ranked 6th on the all-time box office list domestically and has moved into the top 10 world wide.
While performance in China has been rough, there are still roughly 20 foreign markets “The Last Jedi” has yet to open in. If you’re reading The Disney Blog outside North America, do you think The Force was strong in your market?
For those keeping track, Pixar’s “Coco” is still playing in theaters around the globe and just opened in Korea where it grossed another $19M. Add that to the other box office and the movie is now at $621.7M worldwide. “Coco” opens in the UK next weekend and won’t see audiences until March 16 in Japan, so there is plenty of runway left for the critic’s darling. Who knows, an Oscar boost might be ahead for the film too.
With just $198.2M domestically “Coco” ranks 14th in the 19 total Pixar films, but looking at the Worldwide total, it moves up to 8th. When UK and Japan ring up, it will probably finish ahead of “The Incredibles” but behind “Up.” Good company.