Weekend Box Office: ‘The Last Jedi’ Nabs 2nd Largest Opening Ever

The Last Jedi

Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm‘s Star Wars: The Last Jedi drew in a near-record $220 million in the domestic box office, the second-highest opening weekend of all time behind 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The Rian Johnson-written and directed Star Wars film is a genuinely lively and resonant film (thrilling in its blend of tones), despite its numerous shortcomings.

The film reunites Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis and Lupita Nyong’o, along with original stars Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher. New cast members include Kelly Maria Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro.

The Last Jedi received an A CinemaScore from audiences, which should mean Episode VIII will likely continue to smash more records.

Fox’s release of Blue Sky’s latest animated feature, Ferdinand, based on the book by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, opened in second place in North America with $13.3 million from 3,621 theaters, the lowest debut of any Blue Sky title. Directed by Carlos Saldanha, with John Cena voicing the Spanish bull who doesn’t want to fight, the movie can still recover over the holidays.

Disney and Pixar’s Coco dropped a spot to third with $10 million at 3,155 locations in its fourth frame and has now earned $150.8 million domestically.

Lionsgate’s Wonder added $5.4 million this weekend and has hit $109.3 million after five weeks.

Rounding out the top five is Warner Bros. Pictures’ Justice League with $4.2 million, bringing the DC film’s domestic total up to $219.5 million in its first 31 days.

Here’s your top ten at the box office for the weekend:

1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi— $220,047,000
2. Ferdinand — $13,325,000
3. Coco — $10,025,000 ($150,810,896)
4. Wonder — $5,400,000 ($109,256,738)
5. Justice League — $4,170,000 ($219,456,347)
6. Daddy’s Home 2 — $3,800,000 ($96,579,982)
7. Thor: Ragnarok — $2,981,000 ($306,375,120)
8. The Disaster Artist — $2,636,908 ($12,932,039)
9. Murder on the Orient Express — $2,470,000 ($97,252,742)
10. Lady Bird — $2,108,117 ($25,977,506)

Next weekend will be the final major weekend of the year, with Fox’s The Greatest Showman and Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle opening on Wednesday. Friday sees Paramount’s Downsizing, Warner Bros.’ Father Figures and Universal’s Pitch Perfect 3. Sony will be releasing All the Money in the World, which replaced Christopher Plummer for Kevin Spacey, on Christmas Day.