Box Office Report: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Has a Massive Opening Weekend

The Force was strong with Star Wars: The Last Jedi over its domestic opening weekend. Star Wars fans propelled the latest journey to a galaxy far, far away into 2nd place on the all-time largest opening weekend box office chart, pulling off a $220 million weekend. Only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the 2015 rebirth of the Star Wars film franchise, posted a bigger first weekend, grossing $247 million over its first three days in theaters. Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s opening pushed Jurassic World‘s $208 million down into third place.

The 2017 entry in the Star Wars series snagged the #2 spot on the largest opening day in history list. Star Wars: The Force Awakens holds the top spot on that list with $119 million followed by The Last Jedi with $104 million and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in third place with $91 million. Those numbers also represent the order of the largest Friday box office grosses in history.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi earned overwhelmingly positive reviews from film critics, and currently sits at 93% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with 276 positive reviews and only 20 negative. Audiences awarded it an A grade, according to CinemaScore.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi should retain its hold on the #1 spot on the box office Top 10 list over the extended Christmas holiday weekend. New releases heading to theaters on December 22, 2017 include two comedies – Father Figures and Pitch Perfect 3 – as well as Downsizing which is more drama than comedy. The musical The Greatest Showman with Hugh Jackman and the action comedy Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle get an early jump on the weekend as they head into theaters on Wednesday, December 20th.

Box Office Top 10: December 15-17, 2017

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – $220,047,000
  2. Ferdinand – $13,325,000
  3. Coco – $10,025,000
  4. Wonder – $5,400,000
  5. Justice League – $4,170,000
  6. Daddy’s Home 2 – $3,800,000
  7. Thor: Ragnarok – $2,981,000
  8. The Disaster Artist – $2,636,908
  9. Murder on the Orient Express – $2,470,000
  10. Lady Bird – $2,108,117

The Star Wars: The Last Jedi Plot: In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Box Office Numbers
Daisy Ridley as Rey in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ (Photo © 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd)