No one should be surprised that Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened huge with $220 million, the second largest opening weekend in history. (Guess which movie is first? Hint: The first two words in the title are Star and Wars.) The Last Jedi also had the second largest Thursday preview opening with $45 million, and is only the second film ever to gross over $100 million on its opening day (day, not weekend), making it the second largest opening day ever, second largest single day, second largest Friday and joins The Force Awakens as the fastest film to reach $100 million.
The Last Jedi also earned $230 million in foreign markets which is the tenth largest international opening of all time, and the fifth largest global debut with $450 million. However, the film has not yet opened in China while The Fate of the Furious and Jurassic World both debuted there during its opening weekend. Take the China grosses from those films and The Last Jedi moves up to Number 3 globally behind The Force Awakens and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2. The Last Jedi will open in China on January 5.
The Last Jedi also helped Disney cross the $2 billion mark worldwide, the second studio this year to do so (Warner Bros. was the first). This is the third year in a row that Disney has crossed that mark — the first and only studio to do so. If the merger deal with Fox goes through, that streak may never end.
Yes, there were other films in theaters this weekend. Fox’s Blue Sky Studios tried to counter-program The Last Jedi with the animated Ferdinand which debuted with a weak $13.4 million, the lowest opening for a Blue Sky title. Ferdinand also earned $6.2 million from 18 foreign markets. Ferdinand‘s real competition was Pixar’s Coco which dropped to Number 3 this week with nearly $10 million. In four weeks the film has earned $150.7 million domestically and $450.6 million worldwide.
The Last Jedi effect saw some major droppage from a handful of Top Ten films. Justice League fell 55%, Thor: Ragnarok saw a 50% decrease, Murder on the Orient Express fell 51%, and in a bit of a surprise after last week’s strong increase, The Disaster Artist tumbled 57% and dropped four spots to Number 8 with $2.7 million despite adding 170 screens.
It wasn’t all bad news though. Darkest Hour increased its screen count to 84 and saw a 14% increase, but moved down one spot to Number 16 with $847,525. The Shape of Water added 117 screens (158 total) and saw its fortunes increase by 50%, moving up one spot to Number 12 with $1.7 million. Call Me By Your Name brought its screen total up to 30, gaining 70% but held steady at Number 17 with $486,415. Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel expanded to 536 screens (adding 489) and saw a 206% increase, moving up from Number 23 to Number 18 with $460,068.
The coming holiday week will see new films opening on December 20, December 22 and December 25 including The Greatest Showman, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Downsizing, Father Figures, Pitch Perfect 3, The Post, All the Money in the World, Molly’s Game and Phantom Thread. It should make for an interesting week!
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of December 15.
4.  –5– Wonder – $5,226,277 [$109,083,015]
6.  –6– Daddy’s Home 2 – $3,812,824 [$96,592,806]
10.  –7– Lady Bird – $2,099,239 [$25,968,628]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo