BOX OFFICE REPORT
December 15-17, 2017
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Star Wars: The Last Jedi
While The Last Jedi itself held plenty of surprises, no one should have been surprised that it was the No. 1 movie of the weekend by an extremely wide margin. The latest film in the Star Wars saga debuted with a whopping $220 million. That's by far the biggest opening of the year, and it's the second biggest opening of all time behind (you guessed it) The Force Awakens. There's simply no way The Last Jedi could have competed with the sheer weight of expectations as Episode VII, and there's no way it will match that film's record-shattering $936 million haul. Still, it should remain No. 1 well into the new year. Even with some very vocal die-hard fans who foolishly believe the film isn't faithful enough to the original trilogy (which is kind of the whole point of the film), there's going to be a lot of repeat business. The Last Jedi has already made more than Justice League (ouch) and will almost certainly be in the top 5 by the end of next week. It won't reach $500 million in 10 days like The Force Awakens did, but it will be the highest-grossing movie of 2017 very soon.
Ferdinand opened at No. 2, and it's not a reassuring sign for employees at Blue Sky Animation Studios, who could very likely end up getting laid off if Disney's acquisition of Fox goes through. This was another deceptively expensive animated movie (with a budget over $100 million). Its estimated $13.3 million is well below even underperforming animated flicks like Captain Underpants and right around what Smurfs: The Lost Village opened with.
Coco fell to No. 3, crossing the $150 million mark. It's still way down on Pixar's overall list, but it's done huge business worldwide (including in Mexico, where it's the biggest movie ever). Wonder continued its impressive performance. It's already one of Julia Roberts' 10 most successful movies. And Justice League held on with another $4.1 million.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: I, Tonya took the gold once again. It fell by one-third, but still managed an impressive $35,238 on each of its screens.
- The Disaster Artist almost had a disaster of its own. After a solid debut, it fell nearly 60 percent in its second weekend of wide release. Still, it should end up as one of A24's biggest movies ever.
- Despite attention from several awards-giving for Denzel's amazing performance, Roman J. Israel, Esq. is tanking even harder than before. In five weeks, it's barely made half of its modest $22 million budget.
The Last Jedi gets a lot of competition, but they'll all be jockeying for second place. Episode VIII is going to make at least another $100 million. The Greatest Showman and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle get a head start by opening Wednesday, with Downsizing, Father Figures and Pitch Perfect 3 following on Friday. Only the latter has a shot at coming anywhere close to Star Wars. I think $65 million isn't too outlandish (at least once Christmas Day tallies are included). But the others are going to come in much lower, giving their respective studios a lump of coal.