Star Wars Takes Two

last jedi again

During a busy holiday weekend, the Force once again reigned supreme.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi pocketed an estimated $100.7 million over the four-day weekend (including Christmas Day). (It made $68.5 million in the traditional three-day, Friday-through-Sunday run.) Sure, it’s a hefty drop from last weekend’s superlative figures, but still: $100 million its second week out? Just imagine that The Last Jedi is Luke Skywalker, and the rest of the box office competition is a galactic phalanx of AT-ATs all shooting at him, and they somehow don’t even touch him. It’s like that.

I’m not sure if Jedi even have a lot of need for cash, but no matter: The Last Jedi’s overall domestic haul has now levitated to $397.3 million, making it now the third highest-grossing movie for the year already. It’s breathing down Wonder Woman’s $412.6 million neck (in a non-creepy way) for second place. The Last Jedi still has some work to do to catch Beauty and the Beast’s $504 million tally at No. 1, but you won’t hear Disney cry too much. Even if The Last Jedi’s pace falls off a galactic cliff, The Mouse House is guaranteed to have the top two movies of the year.

The Last Jedi fended off a host of newcomers to retain its title. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle posed the strongest threat posed to Disney’s First Order-like juggernaut, transforming four days-worth of ticket sales into $52.2 million. Pitch Perfect 3 finished No. 3, harmonizing to a $25.6 million take. Hugh Jackman’s dandy little musical The Greatest Showman landed in fourth place with $14 million. Guess the circus business isn’t quite what it used to be.

The animated flick Ferdinand hoofed its way to $9.7 million, stampeding past fellow cartoon Coco, which finished sixth with $7.4 million.

Matt Damon’s quirky Downsizing wheezed into seventh with $7.3 million, which may (ahem) diminish its chances for Oscar glory. Another awards-season hopeful, Darkest Hour, expanded into about 800 theaters and earned a decent $5.4 million. That bested the take of yet another newcomer, Father Figures, which settled into ninth with $4.9 million.

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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bobed 23 days ago
Sometimes I wonder what people see in Star Wars that it's such a global phenomenon. Can't seem to find my answer in the movies themselves.
charitysplace 24 days ago
I loved The Last Jedi, but man, The Greatest Showman was incredible. I'm going to see it again -- and taking a group this weekend. I'm horrified the critics have trashed it so much, I think it's the most fun I've had at the movies in years.
bobed 23 days ago
Critics don't know everything. Sometimes, I think they don't know anything at all.
Veronica Pyle 23 days ago
In the end, with art and stuff, it just comes down to opinion. What works for one person may not work for another. That's what I have to tell myself whenever I get upset that someone is trashing my favorite shows or books or whatever. I probably don't like half of what they like, so I just try not to take it personally. :)
charitysplace 23 days ago
Very true.

My concern is that critical opinions hurt unique projects such as this, with the result the studio might not find them marketable and take even fewer cinematic risks in future -- but without risks, I wouldn't have wound up with about half of my favorite movies! But, they seem to keep making great films that bomb commercially, so maybe my concerns are premature. Heh.
charitysplace 23 days ago
The enormous divide between critics and mainstream popular opinion (for example, I have yet to meet a single person in real life or online among my friends who hates The Greatest Showman or thought it sub-par) rather suggests they are out of touch with middle America, but that's not a big shock. ;)