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Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivers Australia’s second-biggest opening weekend of all time

Stars Wars: The Last Jedi has become one of the highest-performing films in Australian box office history, cracking more than $20m in its first weekend.

Running across 970 screens, it became the second-highest opening weekend for a film in Australian history, just behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In 2015, Stars Wars: The Force Awakens took $27m on its first weekend.

The eighth instalment of the Star Wars saga knocked Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 out of second place, which had opening weekend earnings of $18.364m.

In second place this weekend was Fox’s Ferdinand – the children’s film about a young bull who tries to escape a training camp in rural Spain.

According to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia report, the film made $1.682m on its first weekend.

Falling from first place last week to third was Roadshow’s Wonder, which collected an additional $1.125m over the weekend.

On its first weekend, Wonder made $2.407m.

In fourth place was Daddy’s Home 2, which made $915,793, a massive drop from last weekend’s earnings of $2.002m.

Justice League fell from second place to fifth over the weekend, adding $402,278 to its total earnings.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Disney) $20,977,461 970 $20,977,461
Ferdinand (Fox) $1,682,755 290 $2,512,451
Wonder (Roadshow) $1,125,570 290 $8,235,469
Daddy's Home 2 (Paramount) $915,793 285 $10,621,813
Justice League (Wb) $402,278 261 $19,165,522
Murder On The Orient Express (Fox) $322,509 229 $14,986,491
The Disaster Artist (Wb) $293,442 196 $1,569,865
Thor: Ragnarok (Disney) $247,361 160 $34,596,532
The Star (Sony) $95,224 57 $817,273
Goodbye Christoper Robin (Fox) $60,540 104 $1,471,041
Bad Moms 2 (Roadshow) $48,271 50 $10,092,739
Wonder Wheel (Eone) $39,418 64 $177,310
The Secret Scripture (Transmission) $32,533 32 $119,036
The Teacher (Palace) $31,852 22 $441,172
Unexpectedly Yours (Abs-cbn Distributors) $29,510 11 $29,510
Loving Vincent (Madman) $28,974 33 $999,754
The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (Madman) $28,827 25 $566,552
The Man Who Invented Christmas (Icon) $23,788 69 $496,933
Fukrey Returns (Zee Studios) $20,313 16 $98,127
The Snowman (Universal) $15,939 5 $1,591,195
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