The Last Jedi Takes to Hyperspace

The Last Jedi

The Bible tells us the last will be first one day. Alas, the last are rarely first on earth these days … unless, of course, we’re talking about The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi made like the Death Star and blasted the competition to smithereens en route to a truly cosmic $220 million opening weekend (estimated, of course). That’s the second biggest debut ever—trailing only The Last Jedi’s forebear, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened with a $247.9 million weekend in 2015.

It just goes to show you that there’s big, and then there’s Star Wars big. It took Justice League—no slouch at the box office itself—five weeks of midnight showings, matinee screenings and IMAX blowouts to earn $219.5 million. The Last Jedi blasted past Supes, Batman, Wonder Woman et al in just a little over three days. Or consider this: The other 34 movies now in theaters, according to Box Office Mojo, earned just $56 million combined this weekend—about a quarter of what The Last Jedi earned alone.

You know when I use italics so frequently in one paragraph, it’s kind of a big deal.

Obviously, moviegoers didn’t have a lot of extra cash on hand for any other movies out there, but they plunked down what little they had for a pair of family oriented animated flicks.

Ferdinand bulled out of the gates this week alongside The Last Jedi—the only film willing to tackle Disney’s space opera behemoth. But like its namesake character, Ferdinand entered the ring a bit meekly. The pacifist bovine finished second, collecting $13.3 million at the turnstyle.

Coco, Pixar’s three-time box office champ, slid to third with $10 million. That pushes its total North American haul to around $150.8 million. It has grossed nearly twice that much ($297.4 million) overseas, bringing its total haul to $448.2 million, give or take. Pretty lively for a flick about a bunch of dead people.

After five weeks, Wonder and Justice League are both still hanging around the top five, finishing fourth ($5.4 million) and fifth ($4.2 million), respectively.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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charitysplace 3 months ago
Star Wars was amazing! I liked its message of running from your darker impulses vs facing them. I can't wait to see it again. Also caught Coco. Made me cry.
Anonymous 30 days ago
I just want to thank you for posting how much you enjoyed Star Wars! I've been watching for someone to weigh in about it!
charitysplace 29 days ago
I absolutely LOVED it.

As a testament to how enjoyable it was, I dragged my mother with me -- she is not a Star Wars fan. At all. And at the end, she talked about how much she enjoyed it, and how she might want to re-watch the original trilogy now. ;)
bobed 3 months ago
Ferdinand sounds like a squeaky clean, wholesome, moral movie for kids. A shocking rarity! You mean there are no sexual references, no shoehorned gay lifestyle endorsements, no political undertones, nothing that would corrupt our youth? I almost don't even believe it. How did this get made? And by the same company that did Ice Age and Rio???
bobed 3 months ago
You know what, I'm being unfair to Ice Age.
Evan Weisensel 3 months ago
I think you're being unfair to most animated movies.... :/
bobed 3 months ago
No, I'm certainly not. How many can you name from, say, the last 10 years that include absolutely no sexual or inappropriate references? And how many can you name that DO? 
Anonymous 3 months ago
I have to agree. Most mainstream animated movies contain completely bogus sexual references and potty humor that can be very grating. I think in Ice Age's case there are moments that are still legitimately funny. Even though it contains stupid winks and gags, it is still enjoyable with its general humor. However, I could point to most of Pixar's work and Disney's work as examples of 'clean' animated films. At least their references are somewhat subtle when they are there at all. 
bobed 3 months ago
The last three Ice Age movies are harmless. Maybe a little intense for younger kids, but nothing to balk at. But the first one! I tell you. I wasn't very discerning when my youngest was a baby, and didn't read movie review websites, so when I took my four year old to a matinee showing of Ice Age, I certainly wasn't expecting to have to run from the theater with a bawling kid in my arms. In the first 10 minutes, sabre toothed tigers plot to eat a baby, forcing its mother to jump off a waterfall, who later drowns! Very dark indeed. My daughter just couldn't handle it.
Evan Weisensel 3 months ago
I was actually being somewhat jokey in response to your crack about Ice Age. But, here are some examples of clean animated films...

Peanuts Movie (Made by the guys who did Ferdinand and Ice Age, no less.)
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
Wall-E (Most Pixar and Disney films could count)
Toy Story 3

We could be here all day....
bobed 3 months ago
Please do go on. But remember, I also asked you to list the unclean ones.

I have some stuff to say Frozen. It seems light and harmless fun until you remember that they deliberately threw in a gay couple. Remember the yoo-hoo guy? Gay. No, I'm not kidding. You see his "husband" in the sauna.

I want to like Wall-E, but they had to throw in a shoehorned leftist environmental message. That's the same thing that made Happy Feet unbearable. Save politics for an adult movie, please.
Evan Weisensel 3 months ago
I'm pretty sure that the person was actually the shopkeep's son considering that he looked a lot younger than him as well as baring a passing resemblance to the shopkeep as well. 
bobed 3 months ago

"I don't like to say anything, and just let the fans talk. I think it's up to them."

Hmm. How interesting. From the mouth of the creator herself.

No offense, but if you really think it was meant to be his son or brother or something, you're kidding yourself.