The Last Jedi Hits $1 Billion, Becomes Top Grossing Film of 2017

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, while becoming the #1 movie of 2017 in the U.S. The Last Jedi grossed $220 million its opening weekend, the second-biggest domestic opening of all-time behind only The Force Awakens. The film continued ruling the box office over the Christmas holiday, grossing $99 million in the four-day window. Projections have The Last Jedi finishing in the top 5 all-time worldwide. Despite huge numbers for The Last Jedi, 2017 box office totals overall are down from 2016.

Going into its fourth weekend, The Last Jedi sits as the third highest-grossing Star Wars movie ever, behind TFW and Rogue One. Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977 set the template for all blockbusters to come, grossing a then-staggering $307 million. Star Wars has continued ruling the box office across all its seven sequels and one standalone film. Even the prequels, maligned as they are by critics and fans, made huge bank in their day. The franchise as a whole has now grossed $8.7 billion worldwide.

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Exhibitor Relations reports that Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the middle chapter of the current trilogyracked up two more huge box office milestones this weekend. The film has now crossed $1 billion worldwide, becoming the fourth franchise entry to reach that mark. With $517 million now tallied, it has also passed Disney's Beauty and the Beast to become the #1 film of 2017 at the U.S. box office. Neither development will shock anyone, as projections have long suggested the film would easily achieve both marks.

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With The Last Jedi breezing past these two milestones, we now watch to see how high it will climb up the all-time box office list. With the film set to open in the huge China market on January 5th, top five all-time worldwide surely remains within reach. However, the film likely will not catch its predecessor The Force Awakens, which sits at #3 all-time with $2.06 billion. Disney still has to be happy after now grossing enough with the Star Wars franchise to match the $4 billion it paid to buy Lucasfilm. The Last Jedi's performance carried Disney over the finish line to win the 2017 box office race. And Disney figures to become even more dominant after its deal to purchase Fox and all its many lucrative film properties.

The Last Jedi continues winning the box office, and filling Disney's coffers, despite its 51 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Though many hardcore fans are very down on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, general audiences have embraced it as warmly and eagerly as every other Star Wars movie. At least going by the numbers, the noise over The Last Jedi ruining Star Wars appears to be just that: noise. We'll see if next year's Solo: A Star Wars Story can continue the trend of everything Star Wars owning the box office.

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Source: Exhibitor Relations

Key Release Dates
  • Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
  • Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
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