Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ takes $104.8-M on Day 1
$DIS, $IMAX, $FOXA
‘The Last Jedi’ is just the 2nd film in history to earn $100-M or more on Day 1.
Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is headed for $215-M+ North American launch after delivering $104.8-M Friday its opening day.So far, Last Jedi is trailing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which nabbed $119-M on its 1st Friday for a record domestic launch of $247.9-M on the same weekend in Y 2015. No other film besides these 2 have ever crossed $100-M in 1 day.
And Force Awakens, bestowed with an A CinemaScore by audiences, is 1 of just 3 films to open to $200-M or more domestically.
Last Jedi earned $45-M in Thursday-night previews, and Last Jedi‘s Imax (NYSE:IMAX) previews generated an estimated $5.3-M.
Globally, the franchise’s 8th installment is projected to gross $425-M+ through Sunday to secure 1 of the 5 best worldwide openings of all time, not accounting for inflation.
Last Jedi began its international rollout Wednesday in 14 Key markets, followed by an additional 34 material markets Thursday.
It opened at the Top of each international market, bringing its 2-day international total to an estimated $60.8-B and its global total to $105.8-M.
The Force returns to theaters just as Disney announced its $52.4-B bid to buy major 21st Century Fox assets, including the film studio, home of George Lucas’ first six Star Wars movies prior to selling Lucasfilm to Disney.
The only film daring to open opposite The Last Jedi is Ferdinand, an animated family offering from Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA), and Blue Sky Studios that hopes to win over younger tots and their parents throughout the holidays. The movie earned $3.6-M Friday from 3,621 theaters for weak domestic box office debut in the $12 -13-M range.
Ferdinand is loosely based on the classic children’s book about a peace-loving Spanish bull who would rather while away the hours smelling flowers and daydreaming than taking to the ring to fight. Ferdinand nabbed Golden Globes nominations for best animated feature and animated score.
Have some fun, see a movie this weekend.
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