It’s been interesting seeing a lot of people suggest that Lucasfilm could possible be disappointed at the current box office take of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Despite fan-noise the math suggests otherwise, as the film’s second weekend may have dipped in percentage but still places it well above 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (opening weekend $155 million vs $220 million).
The second weekend is looking at an estimated $101M (Rogue One earned $64 million in it’s second weekend). An impressive take considering Jumanji and Pitch Perfect 3 collectively earned $78 million as well over the weekend.
This also means that the film’s second weekend made more than the domestic opening weekends of these blockbusters released in 2017.
Justice League ($94M)
Despicable Me 3 ($72M)
Pirates 5 ($62M)
Kong: Skull Island ($61M)
Also, it is two million shy of Wonder Woman‘s opening weekend of $103 million.
The studio needed Last Jedi to outperform Rogue One as the hype surrounding The Force Awakens before release made the sequel traditionally unlikely to make more money. Empire and Return of The Jedi were also unable to surpass the original film, so it’s not terribly shocking to anyone.
However, the margin between The Last Jedi and Rogue One couldn’t be clearer.
The Last Jedi has domestically $111 million more than Rogue One at the same point in 2016 ($286 million vs $397 million) and on the global side of things is outpacing the anthology film by a whopping $253 million ($524 million vs $777 million).
The dust hasn’t even settled and Last Jedi is a quarter of a billion ahead.
Keep in mind, The Last Jedi has yet to open in China (January 5th) and these numbers will only increase over the next couple weeks due to a sluggish and underwhelming output of releases normally seen in January.
The film will also hit another benchmark by the week’s end as Last Jedi aims to surpass Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s $880 million and enter the Top 5 global earners of 2017.