Writer-director Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit another box office milestone over the weekend by crossing the $600 million mark domestically. Focusing on Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) after their momentous yet brief encounter in the last minute of The Force Awakens in 2015, The Last Jedi stormed out of the gate when it opened worldwide December 15, amassing an impressive $220 million domestic take in its opening weekend. And while business wasn't as brisk as The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi continued to attract audiences in droves, pulling in more than $1 billion in business worldwide by New Year's Eve.
Since then, The Last Jedi has been vying for box office dollars with the surprise blockbuster Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and business has tapered off considerably. This weekend, the film made a mere $6.6 million domestically for an eighth place finish at the box office (while the Jumanji sequel, which was released December 20, is still ruling at No. 1), but there are still enough people seeing The Last Jedi to help it hit a new stateside milestone.
According to THR, The Last Jedi's $6.6 million take on 2,456 screens pushed the film's stateside tally to $604.3 million. Having already passed writer-director Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, which earned $534.8 million in in its domestic run in 2008, The Last Jedi remains in sixth place on the all-time list of highest-grossing films domestically, about $19 million shy of Marvel's The Avengers, which earned $623.3 million stateside in 2013.
While The Last Jedi's shot at the No. 5 slot seems attainable, the film won't come anywhere near to the all-time domestic box office champ, The Force Awakens, which earned a blistering $936.6 million in its record-setting run. Adding in overseas ticket sales, The Force Awakens earned more than $2 billion globally by the time it left theaters in 2016. Some estimates peg The Last Jedi to finish with $1.3 billion worldwide when all is said and done, but through Sunday, the film's running global tally stood at $1.296 billion. As long as Disney doesn't drop the film from a large number of venues next weekend, The Last Jedi will easily top $1.3 billion, with perhaps a shot at approaching $1.4 billion depending on how well it does overseas apart from China, which is already done running the film.
While The Last Jedi was loved by critics and met with mixed reaction by fans, there's nothing that can take away from the fact that the film has still had a pretty amazing box office run. With a potential top five all-time domestic finish and a No. 9 slot on the all-time global list, Disney and Lucasfilm still have to be pretty happy with the number of people who caught the film in theaters. And obviously, The Last Jedi isn't going to disappear from movie fans' minds anytime soon, given the film's anticipated digital and home video releases in late March/early April.
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