Thursday (12/21) Update:
$16.8 million was added to The Last Jedi‘s coffers on Wednesday, bringing the Star Wars sequel’s domestic total to $278.8 million in six days (including Thursday night previews). That compares with $205.2 million for Rogue One by the same point and $363.4 million for The Force Awakens. It bears mentioning that The Force Awakens was afforded a wider berth to perform than either Jedi or Rogue One, as no other major films opened until its second Friday of release (Christmas Day 2015). Jedi, meanwhile, went up against Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on Wednesday. Another heavily-anticipated sequel, the Dwayne Johnson-Kevin Hart vehicle grossed $7.2 million. It’ll be interesting to see how the two perform against one another as we head into the weekend.
Wednesday (12/20) Update:
The Last Jedi brought in another $20.2 million on Tuesday, giving it a domestic total of $261.8 million in its first five days (including Thursday night previews). If it continues at this pace, it should reach the $300 million mark by Thursday, its seventh day of release. By comparison, it took only five days for The Force Awakens to reach $300 million (though as previously noted, that film benefitted from pent-up demand, as a Star Wars film hadn’t been released for a full decade) while Rogue One reached the milestone in eleven.
Tuesday (12/19) Update:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi continued working its magic at the domestic box office, grossing $21.5 million on Monday for a total of $241.5 million in North America after four days of release (including Thursday night previews). While that’s far lower than The Force Awakens’ $40.1 million gross on the Monday following its opening weekend, that film benefitted from pent-up demand for the franchise (and perhaps from coming slightly later in the release calendar, when more children would have been out of school for the holiday break). That said, it did finish considerably higher than last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which took in $17.5 million on its respective first Monday.
The Last Jedi’s gross yesterday ranks as one of the Top 10 Mondays of all time, meaning four of those slots are now occupied by Star Wars installments (The Force Awakens at #1 and #3, Rogue One at #2 for its second Monday – which happened to be the day after Christmas – and now The Last Jedi at #10).