Star Wars: The Last Jedi has dethroned Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman as the second highest earner on the 2017 domestic box office list. The latest entry in the Skywalker saga continues the story of Jakku scavenger Rey and dark side user Kylo Ren as the Resistance and the First Order continue their fight for the fate of the galaxy far, far away. The film is also centered around Mark Hamill's highly anticipated return as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher's final performance as General Leia Organa.
While the film has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics, the fans are mixed with many calling it either the worst or the best film in the saga with a 52 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite the disparity, the film is still bringing in the cash for Disney, topping the box office competition and earning over $500 million globally during its first week. The film is expected to break $800 million after less than two weeks in theaters and is predicted to hit a staggering $1 billion total in the box office this week.
A new report on Deadline reveals that The Last Jedi has passed the mega-hit Wonder Woman as the second-highest grossing film of 2017. The DC Comics film made a total of $412.6 million at the U.S. box office with The Last Jedi passing it this week at $423.7 million. The film is also expected to pass Disney's other hit, Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson, which totaled at $504 million. The film made made $28.1 million yesterday, which is a bit higher than Christmas day's $27.4 million.
Other films like Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle raked in $17.1 million at the box office this weekend totaling $89.1 million across 3,765 theaters. Pitch Perfect 3 has grossed $33.9 million so far, The Greatest Showman bought in $24.1 million, Ferdinand is at $33.6 million, Coco continues to reign strong with $167.2 million and Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World grossed $1.76 million its second day.
Despite the backlash and ridiculous fan petitions that have been floating around the web trying to take down The Last Jedi and review cites like Rotten Tomatoes, the film is still doing well at the box office, pulling in Star Wars fans to see the latest entry in the Skywalker saga proving that the franchise isn't going anywhere soon.
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