– 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

What do you think of Star Wars’ opening weekend performance? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: comScore, Box Office Mojo

  • Tonk99

    I need to see the film again but its amazing how many proper SW fans are getting really pissed off about it. Myself included. Will be interesting to see how many repeat viewings it brings.

    • SaiyanHeretic

      And are these “proper SW fans” the same ones who complained that TFA was basically just a retread of ANH? Because TLJ is obviously trying to do something new. Surely, no true Scotsman could have a problem with that?

      • Tonk99

        Nope. I enjoyed TFA quite a lot. I’m all for trying something new, but not by bastardising what came before.

        • Kindofabigdeal

          I am genuinely curious. What did you feel bastardised the Star WAr?

      • Deathstroke936

        TFA was basically a retread… But there’s a big difference between new and good… Most complaints aren’t the retreads… (although there are some)

        • Kindofabigdeal

          Why would you put yourself through that 3 times?

          • Deathstroke936

            Because …Unlike the people that need to watch TLJ 4 times to figure out they liked it… After I saw JL once, I knew I had a good time unlike the TLJ where after watching it once, I knew it was garbage…

      • Nix The Wonder Bear

        Something new? Like what? It’s another retread of Empire Strikes Back and return of the Jedi with bits of Star Wars (A New Hope) thrown in for bad measure.

        I get it though, you can only tell a story like this once just as you can get bored with seeing the Alien chest burster in movie after movie. In other words, it’s time to move on and try to find something new. Lucas did that with the prequels – they weren’t great mind you but they were as original as the first series was.


    My guess is that it will break the 1 billion mark worldwide by early January.

  • Victor Roa

    so given this weeks Disney/Fox acquisition, there are 5 filims up there by the same corporation.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      We will call all movies Disney’s from now on.

      • Victor Roa

        like how old people call video games “Nintendo?”
        “I just a shitty Disney last night” “I fell asleep through a disney.” “The plot of this disney is so tense.” “The Disney industry is rising since disney producers has come on demand to disney.”

  • SaiyanHeretic

    This might be seen as a slight step down from Force Awakens, but more importantly, it’s a significant step up from Rogue One.

    • Brafdorf

      I liked it more than Force Awakens and Rogue One actually

      • Kindofabigdeal


        • Brafdorf

          Tis true.
          It’s the first IMO to break away enough to feel daring and original.
          It has faults just like all of them do, but I really love the journey in this one. Kylo Ren is one of the best if not the best creation in this new trilogy now.

    • Spencer Garver

      wow you both are definitely in the minority. As a whole this movie failed on almost every level, from a spot where Star Wars will probably never be able to come back from.

      • SaiyanHeretic

        We’re talking about the box office here, not the quality of the movie. Objectively, the opening weekend of Last Jedi made less than Force Awakens, but more than Rogue One.

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.