It was an inevitability to be sure, but it needs to be stated now. Three weeks after it premiered last December, to an opening weekend earning of $220 million in the US and Canada, the popular yet fan-controversial Star Wars: The Last Jedi now has a global take past one billion.
It was announced on New Year’s Eve Sunday, December 31 by Disney that the latest installment in the Star Wars saga by their Lucasfilms subsidiary has now drawn box-office figures of about $1.04 billion all around the world. As a result, The Last Jedi is now the third-biggest international film for 2017.
To put things in perspective, the only other blockbusters from the recently-concluded year to have earned more are Universal’s Fate of the Furious ($1.24 billion) from their Vin Diesel-driven franchise, and Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast ($1.26 billion). Domestic-wise however, The Last Jedi surpasses Beauty and the Beast in earnings.
The statistics above were compiled by film industry tracker Box Office Mojo, which also confirms that the eighth episodic film of the Star Wars saga and second of the Disney-run “sequel trilogy” is now also the eighth-largest US domestic releases of all time, with $517 million out of the $1.04 billion global total.
Box office turnout has done well to bolster the image of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the face of some franchise-long fan discontent over the movie’s plot developments. Even as the earnings worked their way towards the billion-mark last 2017, some fan critics have lobbied on online petitions to have the movie removed from canon.
The next film in the Star Wars franchise is a spinoff. Solo: A Star Wars Story is opening late in May.