The Last Jedi (Already) Set to Pass $1 Billion at Box Office

The Last Jedi (Already) Set to Pass $1 Billion at Box Office

Right now fans who're against The Last Jedi are using the rumor to help fuel the negativity, so it's good to hear Hamill strongly debunking the hearsay.

The tentpole is poised to gross $72 million for the four-day holiday weekend in North America, pushing its domestic cume to roughly $537 million through Monday, more than 25 percent behind the $742 million earned by Star Wars: The Force Awakens two years ago over the holidays. Led by Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" was the fourth biggest movie of the year, while "Spider-Man: Homecoming" rounded out the top five. Likewise, it does not cover the millions spent on production and marketing. So, Disney has always been making money off of Star Wars but it's still an impressive benchmark for the movies.

Walt Disney Studios has earned back the $4.06 billion cost to purchase Lucasfilm thanks to the new "Star Wars" films.

Mr. Scott also had a tough time over the weekend with "All the Money in the World" (Sony), a crime drama about the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III and his grandfather's refusal to pay a $17 million ransom.

Then came Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the inaugural spin-off set in the larger universe of Star Wars.




The eighth installment of the "Star Wars" franchise became the highest grossing film in the US for 2017 over the New Year's weekend, beating out "Beauty and the Beast". The film was something of a gamble, being the first Star Wars film not connected to the events of the main series, but that seems like a foolish concern in hindsight.

Of course, this amount does not even count the fact that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has yet to air in China on Jan 5. On the worldwide chart, it's now 24th with $1.04 billion, edging Universal-Illumination's "Despicable Me 3". As of this writing, the sequel sits at over $914 million.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is pacing 35 percent behind The Force Awakens at foreign markets.

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