The Force is still strong with the Star Wars franchise as the series debuts its ninth film at the box office.
Star Wars The Last Jedi fell a bit short of the opening weekend of 2015’s The Force Awakens, but that was always to be expected. Domestically the film took in $220M compared to the previous film’s $247.9M. Despite the difference, this still places the latest film as the second biggest opening ever at the domestic box office.
Box Office Mojo is predicting that the film can probably expect a total domestic box office somewhere around three times its opening placing it around $750M to $830M total.
At the foreign markets, the film did extremely well taking in $220M to bring the global total for the opening weekend to $450M. The other markets broke down as follows:
- UK – $36.7 M (3rd largest ever)
- Germany – $23.6 M (2nd largest ever)
- France – $18.1 M
- Australia – $15.9 M (2nd largest ever)
- Japan – $14.4 M
- Russia – $8.5 M
- Spain – $8.3 M
- Brazil – $7.2 M
- Italy – $7.0 M
- Mexico – $7.0 M
- Sweden – $6.0 M (2nd largest ever)
- Korea – $5.1 M
Adding more fuel to all of this, Last Jedi doesn’t open in China until Jan. 5, so expect numbers to skyrocket over the coming weeks.
The biggest question mark is if the online reactions will dampen the results. While the CinemaScore came in as an ‘A,’ online reviews at sites such as Rotten Tomatoes are nowhere as complimentary.
Only time will tell how the total plays out, but no matter what the result, it seems safe to say Star Wars will be with us for many more years to come.