‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Soars to $745 Million Worldwide

Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is showing plenty of force at mulitplexes worldwide with $745.4 million globally as of Sunday.

The North American take has hit $365 million in its first 10 days as of Sunday with the studio projecting another $32 million on Christmas Day on Monday — making it the third highest domestic release in 2017 following “Beauty and the Beast” with $504 million and “Wonder Woman” at $412 million.

“Stars Wars: The Last Jedi” took in $75.1 million in 55 markets for the weekend and has totaled $380.3 million in international box office. It is already the top grossing film of 2017 in both Denmark and Sweden and this fourth highest grosser in the overall European market. The U.K. is the top market with $67.4 million, followed by Germany with $40 million, France with $29.3 million and Australia with $26.9 million.

“The Last Jedi,” which picks up following the events of 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” is so far the 87th highest worldwide grosser of all time, trailing 2016’s “Suicide Squad” by $1.4 million. Rian Johnson directed with  Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o and Domhnall Gleeson reprising their roles. It’s the final screen role for Fisher, who died a year ago.

“The Last Jedi” has lifted 2017’s overall domestic box office to $10.6 billion as of Sunday, 2.6% behind 2016 at the same point, according to comScore. That gap has been as high as 6.1% at the end of August as this year’s box office was pulled down by the slowest summer in a decade.

Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and Universal’s “Pitch Perfect 3” have also opened solidly while Fox’s “The Greatest Showman” is drawing respectably at the domestic box office. Fox also saw an impressive platform debut for awards contender “The Post.” But moviegoers are showing little interest in Paramount’s “Downsizing” and Warner Bros.-Alcon’s “Father Figures.”

“As we hit the home stretch of 2017, an incredibly crowded movie marketplace drives a respectable holiday frame as moviegoers faced a daunting decision making process with an almost insurmountable number of movies from which to choose over this holiday season as we head toward the end of one of the craziest and most volatile box office years on record,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opened with the second-largest North American launch ever in its first weekend with $220 million. It faced competition for the first time on Dec. 20, with Sony’s action comedy “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which is leading the rest of the pack with $34 million at 3,765 sites for Friday-Sunday and a six-day total of around $64 million.

Josh Greenstein, Sony’s president of worldwide marketing and distsribution, pointed to the A- Cinemascore as an indication that “Jumanji” is attracting all demographics. “We have incredible momentum as we go into the biggest moviegoing week of the year,” he added.

“Jumanji” also opened solidly with $49.5 million in 53 international markets, finishing ahead of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in 28 territories. Its top performance came in the U.K. with a second-place finish at $10.1 million including previews.

Universal’s “Pitch Perfect 3” took in $20.5 million at 3,447 theaters and is on track for $27 million by the end of the four-day period. The threequel brought back the Bellas singing group with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and Hana Mae Lee reprising their roles. “Pitch Perfect 3″also opened with $9.8 million in 14 international markets.

Universal’s domestic distribution chief Jim Orr pointed to the A- Cinemascore for “Pitch Perfect 3” an indication of strong future performance. “We are set up extraordinarily well for the rest of the year, paticularly among the young female audience,” he added.

Hugh Jackman’s “The Greatest Showman,” a musical take on circus founder P.T. Barnum, grossed $8.6 million at 3,006 venues during Friday-Sunday. The movie, produced by Chernin Entertainment, opened on Dec. 20 and is on track to take in about $18 million in its first six days.

“Downsizing” took in a quiet $4.6 million at 2,558 theaters in its Friday-Sunday debut and should finish four-day frame with $6.2 million. Paramount paid $65 million for the near-future comedy in which Matt Damon agrees to be shrunk to five inches in exchange for a better life.  Audiences were unimpressed, giving the film a C CinemaScore.

“Downsizing” finished in seventh place behind Fox’s second weekend of “Ferdinand” with $7.1 million at 3,630 sites and Disney-Pixar’s fifth weekend of “Coco” with $5.2 million at 2,111 locations. “Coco,” which led the North American box office for three weekends before “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opened, has totaled $161.3 million in 33 days.

Focus Features’ expanded run of World War II drama “Darkest Hour” came in eighth place with $4.1 million at 806 venues for the Friday-Sunday period. The film, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, has grossed $7 million so far in a month of limited release.

“Father Figures” grossed a tepid $3.2 million at 3,902 theaters in ninth place during Friday-Sunday and should add about $1 million on Monday. The film follows brothers — played by Owen Wilson and Ed Helms — who set out to find their biological father.

Fox Searchlight’s expanded run of Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” followed in 10th with $3.1 million at 726 locations. The fantasy drama, nominated for a leading seven Golden Globes, has totaled $7.6 million in four weeks of limited release.

“The Post,” directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, dazzled with $495,000 at nine sites for Friday-Sunday. Fox will go wide with the journalism drama on Jan. 12.

Chinese coming-of-age drama “Youth,” directed by Feng Xiaogang and written by Yan Geling, grossed $34.5 million in five markets to finish third on the international chart. The movie, which was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, follows a group of idealistic adolescents who take part in an army art troupe. It’s totaled $115 million so far.

Chen Kaige’s mystery “The Legend of the Demon Cat” followed in fourth place on the international chart with $33.5 million in two markets. The movie is set during the Tang Dynasty in China.

Science-fiction thriller “Bleeding Steel,” starring Jackie Chan, Tess Haubrich, and Callan Mulvey, launched in fifth with $27.3 million in five markets.  Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Heyi Pictures co-produced and co-financed.

 

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