Star Wars: The Last Jedi will pass $1 billion at the global box office over the New Year's holiday weekend. After only a week in theaters worldwide, The Last Jedi had already cracked the half billion dollar mark. With limited competition and an a long weekend, The Last Jedi won Christmas weekend, outstripping contenders such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
Thanks to the success of movies like Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Beauty and the Beast, Disney has won the domestic box office this year. As for their final film of 2017, The Last Jedi will be the year's biggest earner when all is said and done. Even more impressive is that the film's box office gross will feed into early next year, ensuring Disney starts 2018 out on the right foot.
Variety is reporting that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will cross the $1 billion mark this weekend at the global box office, even before the Monday holiday. Yesterday's numbers added an additional $42.1 million to the film's haul, bringing it to $464.6M domestically after just two weeks in theaters. As of today, the film sits at $934.2M worldwide - making it very like that it will hit $1 billion within a matter of days (if not tonight).
While Star Wars: The Force Awaken's $2.07B appears out of reach, The Last Jedi will pass the $1.06B that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story grossed. Despite some fan outcry, Lucasfilm's bet on Rian Johnson as a director and writer has paid off critically and at the box office. Given that, it's no surprise that he will soon be crafting his own Star Wars trilogy.
The performance of Star Wars: The Last Jedi also validates Disney overall, as the company spent $4 billion acquiring the studio back in 2012. With today's numbers, Disney has recouped the cost of buying Lucasfilm as the three new Star Wars films to date have brought them over $4B at the box office and all sorts of revenue thanks to merchandise and licensing.
Regardless of what the future holds for Star Wars, the staggering success of the three new Lucasfilm movies over these last few years is certain to give Disney the confidence to greenlight more material set in the galaxy far, far away. And with Johnson's choices proving topics of heated discussions, it's clear that trying something new hasn't impeded Star Wars: The Last Jedi's ability to turn a profit.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019