Refresh for latest…: Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi showed its force at the international box office with $230M in its opening this weekend. Combined with domestic, that puts the global launch at $450M. The worldwide figure ranks The Last Jedi as the No. 5 debut ever (No. 3 excluding the China starts of other films — SWTLJ does not go to the Middle Kingdom until January 5). Out of 54 overseas markets, the Rian Johnson-helmed epic is the best start of 2017 in several majors including the UK which leads with $36.7M.
Episode VIII debuted at No. 1 in all but four offshore markets and the $230M start puts Rey, Finn, Poe and the far-away-galaxy gang in line with pre-opening industry expectations. The offshore debut estimate also means the crystal foxes are running about 23% below The Force Awakens, which is not a surprise given the pent-up demand for a new Star Wars film after such a long wait in 2015. The consensus among sources is that this very well-reviewed entry will benefit from repeat viewings and feel a slower burn than Force Awakens.
Along with the UK, the rundown of Top 5 plays abroad is in keeping with Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ lineup from two years ago. Behind the UK are Germany ($23.6M), France ($18.1M), Australia ($15.9M) and Japan ($14.4M). Each of those had the biggest opening of 2017 (in Japan’s case, for a Western title).
IMAX generated $40.6M on 776 screens worldwide, by far the biggest launch weekend of 2017 and the 2nd best global opening weekend ever in the company’s history (excluding China). Internationally, Jedi knighted $16M, the 2nd best overseas bow (excluding China) for the format. In 11 markets, this was IMAX’s best start ever. Jedi will have over 500 IMAX screens in China when it releases there next month.
Speaking of China, there are two new Chinese movies in the Top 5 this weekend, with Feng Xiaogang’s Youth ($48M est) and Yuen Woo-ping’s The Thousand Faces Of Dunjia ($34M est) taking the Nos. 2 and 3 slots. Just behind those is another Disney hit, Pixar’s Coco which is closing in on $300M international and $450M worldwide. The animated charmer was recently granted an extension in China (much like Disney’s 2016 smash Zootopia) and has now grossed $154M there. It should pass Despicable Me 3 this week to become the No. 2 animated pic ever in the Middle Kingdom.
Elsewhere, Fox has ridden its mystery train, Murder On The Orient Express, across $200M at the international box office. Lionsgate’s Wonder has crossed $150M worldwide.
Breakdowns on the films above and others are being updated below, with more Last Jedi to come.
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