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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This weekend saw the major release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the animated film, Ferdinand.

In first place, by a mile, comes Star Wars: The Last Jedi with an impressive $220 million domestically. With that performance, it is the second highest opening of all time, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ $247.9 million opening back in 2015. It may seem like a significant step down, but given the decade-long pent-up excitement fans had for The Force Awakens, the drop is definitely understandable. In fact, it had been expected to be more substantial, with it initially tracking for the low $200 millions. Given the great reception from critics, and the generally warm reception from fans (it received an A CinemaScore, despite hardcore fans’ complaints), this one will likely have a long tail, and I don’t envy what Jumanji has to go up against next weekend.

Worldwide, it opens at around $450 million, compared to The Force Awakens’ amazing $529 million. Again, it’s a predictable drop, and is still pretty amazing, given that it’s the third Star Wars film to hit in three years.

In a distant second place is the animated film, Ferdinand. While the film was reviewed well by critics, it only managed to take in a paltry $13.3 million, domestically. Given its $111 million budget, this is a performance that will not do well for the film. of course, it still has countless markets to open in across the globe, but this initial opening is not promising.

In third place is Coco with $10 million, only a few million less than Ferdinand, despite it being its fourth weekend. Apparently, even though Coco has been out for some time, many audiences are still heading out to see it, which can likely be attributed to the amazing word of mouth for the film.

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, December 17, are below.

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Disney – $220.0M
  2. Ferdinand – 20th Century Fox – $13.3M
  3. Coco – Disney – $10.0M
  4. Wonder – Lionsgate – $5.4M
  5. Justice League – Warner Bros. – $4.2M
  6. Daddy’s Home 2 – Paramount – $3.8M
  7. Thor: Ragnarok – Disney – $3.0M
  8. Disaster Artist, The – A24 – $2.6M
  9. Murder on the Orient Express – 20th Century Fox – $2.5M
  10. Lady Bird – A24 – $2.1M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, December 17, are below.

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Disney – $450.0M
  2. Youth – Multiple – $44.3M
  3. Coco – Disney – $37.4M
  4. Thousand Faces of Dunjia, The – Multiple – $27.9M
  5. Ferdinand – 20th Century Fox – $19.5M
  6. Wonder – Lionsgate – $14.8M
  7. Murder on the Orient Express – 20th Century Fox – $13.3M
  8. Steel Rain – NexEnt – $11.6M
  9. Paddington 2 – Multiple – $9.7M
  10. Daddy’s Home 2 – Paramount – $9.6M

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SOURCE: comScore, Box Office Mojo

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.