With the number of new movies opening on Wednesday and Friday, it seemed like Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi might take a massive plunge in its second weekend, and it did, yet it still will come out on top of the box office with an impressive second weekend.
The eighth installment of the franchise took in an est. $24.7million on Friday, down 76% from its opening Friday, which included $45 million in Thursday previews. Its Friday take helped The Last Jedi cross the $300 million threshold yesterday, and the movie is well on its way to $400 million since it should be able to make $100 million or more over the four-day weekend including Christmas Day.
Opening on Wednesday and grossing $16.6 million in its first two days, Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle took second place Friday with $12.4 million, which looks good for around $45 million over the four-day weekend and $60 million in its first week. That would give it a better opening than Fox’s Night at the Museum in 2006, which went on to gross over $200 million.
Universal’s sequel Pitch Perfect 3 failed to blow up the way its predecessor did — probably just too much competition — but it takes third place on Friday with an est. $10.6 million , which should be a good start for it to make around $35 million over the four-day weekend. (Pitch Perfect 2 grossed twice that amount in its first three days.)
Also opening Weds. was Hugh Jackman’s musical biopic The Greatest Showman, which followed the $4.6 million made in its first two days with $3.1 million on Friday, which points to an opening in the $11 to 12 million range for the four days and $16 to 17 million for the week.
The two returning family films, Fox’s Ferdinand and Disney-Pixar’s Coco should follow suit in fifth and sixth place although it will depend on how much the pre-Christmas weekend at the box office is affected by travel and last-minute holiday shopping.
Also opening yesterday was Alexander Payne’s Downsizing starring Matt Damon and the Warner Bros. R-rated comedy Father Figures with Owen Wilson and Ed Helms. Downsizing took in $2 million Friday compared to Father Figures’ $1.4 million with their respective “C” and “B-” CinemaScores not pointing to any sort of long-term legs over the holiday break.
Focus Features expanded Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, into over 800 theaters Friday where it scored $1.3 million which should give the movie a push into the top 10 with around $4 million for the extended weekend. It came out just ahead of Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, another specialty release expanding nationwide into 726 theaters, which took in $1.2 million Friday.
Check back on Tuesday for the full weekend box office report including Christmas Day.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor