“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has stumbled in China with a mediocre $28.7 million opening weekend, marking the first real disappointment for the Disney-Lucasfilm tentpole.
Though the number was enough to push the tentpole past $1.2 billion worldwide, it indicates a disappointing result for China, the second biggest market in the world and “The Last Jedi’s” last territory. The second weekend of Chinese comedy “The Ex-File: The Return of the Exes” won the session. The results were not a complete surprise, with China box office data released Friday showing “The Ex-File” taking in $15.7 million in early screenings, compared to “The Last Jedi’s” $7 million — despite the latter having far more screens.
China represents the only real faltering for “The Last Jedi,” which dominated the worldwide marketplace when it opened in mid-December. The franchise has not been able to find deep traction among Chinese audiences so far. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the first in the franchise to get a wide release, took in a respectable $124 million two years ago after opening to $52 million and “Rogue One,” which featured two Chinese stars Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen, earned $69.5 million last year, with a $30 million opening weekend.
The Chinese opening for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was only $5 million above the film’s fourth weekend in North America. “The Last Jedi” brought in a worldwide weekend total of $88.3 million to reach $1.205 billion. It’s now the 13th highest global release of all time, surpassing “Captain America: Civil War” and “Minions.”
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“The Last Jedi” has taken in its top international numbers from the U.K. with $102.9 million, followed by Germany with $73.5 million, France with $57.6 million and Japan with $52.2 million.