A $97 million Friday followed a $45 million Thursday means that “The Last Jedi” seems headed towards a $208-212 million opening weekend, right smack on the lower end of pre-release projections.
Fox, once again releasing a pricey cartoon opposite a “Star Wars” film (They used to release those, remember?), is paying a steep price. “Ferdinand,” which has its charms and generally good reviews, is opening at a deathly $12 million. That’s a disaster.
In limited release, “I, Tonya” is winning the per-screen average, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is going to need awards season help to get back into the top ten (“The Disaster Artist” is seventh, “Lady Bird” is still tenth), and “Call Me By My Name” is doing quite well in a handful of cities.
Meanwhile, “Wonder,” a feel-good sleeper with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson on the bill, will clear the $108 million mark.
And the best movie to taking the older relatives to over the holidays? “Murder on the Orient Express” will clear $100 million before next weekend.