Monday, 18 December 2017

35. Movie Money 18/12/2017

Well, it's finally here. The biggest film of the year. A a title previously yearned for by Justice Leagues, Furiously Fast cars, Beauties and Beasts. Some came closer than others, but none could match up to the might of a galaxy far far away. Yes the #1 film this weekend was 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi', bringing in a domestic opening of $220m, and a worldwide gross of $450m. A domestic open second only to its predecessor 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'. While sequels typically do better than the film that came before it, 'Force Awakens' benefitted from being the return to franchise that had been dormant for 10 years, and a continuation of a story with over 30 years of anticipation behind it.

Not exactly news that this made bank.

There's no doubt that 'The Last Jedi' will make lots of money in the weeks to come, especially when it's biggest competition is a sequel to Jumanji. With that said the rest of the top 5 demands discussion. #2 belongs to 'Ferdinand'. The friendly bull gained $13.4m domestically and has achieved a worldwide gross of $19.5m. Doesn't bode well for the film's $111m budget. #3 is 'Coco' dethroned from its top spot bringing in just under $10m with $9.4m, and bringing its domestic total to $150.7m, and it's worldwide cume to $450.6m.

At #4 we have the wonder that is 'Wonder', bringing in $5.4m, and reaching $109.2m domestically, and $153.6m worldwide. Impressive. Lastly there's the 'Justice League' which brought in $4.1m this weekend, with a domestic total of $219.4m and a worldwide gross of $635.9m. Unimpressive.

That's the report and here's the podcast discussion where Shawna and Damian discuss the top 5, the Disney/Fox deal, and Star Wars The Last Jedi.

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