It’s a GREAT weekend for the Star Wars franchise!
The Last Jedi delivered an early Christmas present for everybody involved with the movie — and every theater owner in America — over the weekend with a MASSIVE near-record $220 million debut in North America.
That marks the second-best showing of ALL TIME behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Wow!!!!
Worldwide, director Rian Johnson‘s flick took in just as successful a weekend, too: The Last Jedi totaled $230 million more from 54 international markets, giving them a full launch of $450 million on the first weekend.
Now THAT is a great weekend!!!
Dave Hollis, the Disney distribution chief, said the studio had expected The Last Jedi to fall behind The Force Awakens, but it sounds like even Disney was surprised by how successful the newest Star Wars installment was this weekend (below):
“The results speak to the power of representation. It’s a movie that is relatable, both because of the characters and the conflict.”
It’s also a movie that is a true blockbuster now too, thanks to a historic first week. And here’s the kicker: The Last Jedi hasn’t even opened in China yet!!!
The flick is set to open there on January 5th, which will give it another HUGE push in theaters in a few weeks’ time. Amazing!!!
Ferdinand also opened this weekend (the only film that decided to open against The Last Jedi), and took in $13.3 million — the lowest debut of ANY Fox Animation/Blue Sky title.
Coco stayed strong, too, taking in more than $10 million over the weekend for a global haul now of $448.2 million. Not bad!!
What’d U think, Perezcious readers?! Did you go see anything in theaters this weekend??
[Image via Disney.]