Monday, January 1, 2018

'The Last Jedi' Crosses $1 Billion at the Box Office, Becomes Highest Grossing Film of 2017

By: Dominic Jones

In less than three weeks in theaters worldwide, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has already grossed over $1 Billion.  After a strong showing over the New Year's Eve weekend, The Last Jedi's total worldwide gross reached the billion dollar worldwide milestone, while also becoming the highest gross film at the domestic box office released in 2017.  With a domestic total gross of $533 Million, the film passed Beauty and the Beast (which grossed $504 million) to move into first place.  The film still sits third for the year worldwide, behind Beauty and the Beast and The Fate of the Furious.

With this weekend's results The Last Jedi has moved into seventh overall in domestic all-time gross, passing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (which grossed $532 million) and sitting just behind The Dark Knight (which grossed $534 million).  In the worldwide all time box office rankings, The Last Jed sits 22nd overall with $1.056 billion.  The film is expected to reach approximately $1.6 billion worldwide by the end of its run, which would move in into the top ten all-time world wide with $750-800 million of that coming domestically, which would place it second or third overall all-time (behind The Force Awakens and possibly Avatar).

Another interesting aspect of The Last Jedi's box office success is that Disney has now grossed over $4 billion on Star Wars films, which completely covers the cost of the purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012.  And that doesn't even factor in the massive amounts of money Disney has already made from merchandising sales associated with the Star Wars franchise.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters now!

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