It’s the holiday season which can only mean it’s a golden time for genre pictures to become end-of-the-year blockbusters. It used to be a host of different genre picture, but it’s pretty much Star Wars’ month now with the franchise now in a runaway mode of yearly hits. For the third year in a row, Star Wars continues to be the unbeatable juggernaut of December with another massive turnout.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth chapter of the saga, brought in a whopping $220 million over the weekend. Though the opening weekend draw did not best or match the level of its previous chapter, The Force Awakens, that gross is only off by a few million and is still one of the bigger opening weekends of any film. It’s not every day you see a film open up past $220 million. Expect the film to have some major legs going into January.
It was slim pickings for the other films but most seemed to keep up. Just below Star Wars is Fox’s counterprogramming with their new animated bull movie, Ferdinand, coming in at #2 with a gross of $13 million. While it has managed to rope in the families that couldn’t quite get into Star Wars’ sold-out screenings, it might not have been wise to release a film that cost $111 million to produce during a tough time to compete.
Ferdinand is also facing its own competition with Disney’s Coco following closely behind with $10 million in its fourth week, bringing the total to $150 million domestic. While Ferdinand has bested the Pixar film by a few million, I don’t foresee Ferdinand having enough clout to stick around for the rest of the holiday season.
The rest of the lot are holding firm in the storm of Star Wars. The comedy Daddy’s Home 2 retains its spot at #6 for its Christmas themed antics of slapstick family humor. The Disaster Artist took a bit of a dip down to #8 despite being added to another 1,000 theaters. And still hanging in there is Lady Bird, dropping only slot in the top 10 this week, revered as one of the best-reviewed films of the year.
The top 10 in the box office for the week are listed below:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220,047,000)
Justice League ($4,170,000)
Daddy’s Home 2 ($3,800,000)
Thor: Ragnarok ($2,981,000)
The Disaster Artist ($2,636,908)
Murder on the Orient Express ($2,470,000)
Lady Bird ($2,108,117)
Next week will see Star Wars: The Last Jedi continue to dominate the top slot, despite the split audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes that has some fans appalled by the quality. The major releases for the week will include the remake of Jumanji and the musical bio-pic The Greatest Showman, both debuting on Wednesday. Also debuting on Friday will be the musical-comedy sequel Pitch Perfect 3, the raunchy road trip comedy Father Figures, and the strange speculative fiction picture Downsizing. They’ll be gunning for the top slot just below the roof of Star Wars but have some big competition to conquer to reach such heights.