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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Dominating Christmas Box Office, But Audiences May Be Waning

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Dominating Christmas Box Office, But Audiences May Be Waning
From Slashfilm - December 24, 2017

In just one week, Star Wars: The Last Jedi pulled in $296 million at the domestic box office. With the Christmas weekend ahead of us, the sci-fi sequel will have no problem dominating the box office despite the onslaught of new releases that include Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Pitch Perfect 3, Downsizing, The Greatest Showman and Father Figures, not to mention a limited release of Steven Spielbergs The Post.

However, it should be noted that even though Star Wars: The Last Jedi is raking in plenty of cash at the box office, its not holding onto anywhere near as large of an audience as Star Wars: The Force Awakens did. In fact, The Last Jedi is retaining even less of its opening day audience than Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Find out more about the Star Wars: The Last Jedi box office below.

Over the four-day weekend, Deadline says Star Wars: The Last Jedi is estimated to pull in $102 million from 4,232 screens. That number is a prediction based on how much the movie took in on Friday. That should take the total to over $400 million, and thats just the domestic box office. Those are some great numbers, but the movie is still performing 28% behind its predecessor, The Force Awakens.

Thats not necessarily surprising since the return of Star Wars with The Force Awakens was such a big deal in 2015. At the time, it had been 10 years since we had a Star Wars movie, and The Force Awakens was the beginning of a new era of Star Wars. Of course, once some audiences got a taste of what this new trilogy was going to be like, they werent necessarily on board for more. Sequels frequently earn less than their predecessor, and thats exactly what happened with The Last Jedi.

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