‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ debuts with the second biggest opening of all time

It was, as expected, an absolutely massive weekend at the box office, as Episode VIII made its presence felt in theatres. Here’s what went down:

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Well, we nailed our prediction for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which dominated the box office with the second biggest weekend in history. The film debut on top with a staggering $220 million, down just 11% from The Force Awakens‘ 2015 debut. While some fans have been critical of various storylines, which manages to surprise and break away from the entertaining predictability of The Force Awakens, overall the quality of The Last Jedi has been matched by the quantity of audiences who have paid money to see it opening weekend. It will be interesting to see how the film holds up over the coming weeks, and where its final tally will fall.

As for the rest of the top five, the animated Ferdinand debut in second place with $13 million, but should have its own set of legs as we hit the holiday season. Coco was in third place with $10 million, followed by Wonder in fourth place with $5.4 million. Justice League closed things out in fifth place with $4 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $220 million
2) Ferdinand – $20 million
3) Coco – $10 million
4) Wonder – $7 million
5) Justice League – $5 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $220 million
2) Ferdinand – $13 million
3) Coco – $10 million
4) Wonder – $5.4 million
5) Justice League – $4 million

This week sees the release of a bevy of movies – Pitch Perfect 3, Jumanji, The Greatest Showman, Downsizing and Father Figures. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

 

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