It hasn’t been long when we at Disney Movies List reported how the total box office earnings of all Star Wars movies made by Lucasfilm under the auspices of parent company Disney, have exceeded the combined monetary and Disney stock share value used to acquire the studio from George Lucas.
Now, it’s as if the greatest space opera film franchise of all time has floored the gas and foregone the brakes. Latest installment The Last Jedi has already broken the $1 billion global box office mark, but now it’s actually made 19th Place in the Top 20 All-Time Highest-Grossing Films.
With a current box office take of $1,090.8 billion worldwide, Episode VIII of the Star Wars sequel trilogy breezed past Toy Story 3 (2010, $1.067 billion) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012, $1.085 billion), booting off the former from the 20 highest-grossing films of all time while becoming #19 itself.
When only domestic earnings are considered, The Last Jedi still leaves a mark with its $539.4 million becoming the sixth-highest domestic take of all time, overtaking 2016’s Rogue One and, again, The Dark Knight Rises. With that, the Star Wars saga once again trumps the Harry Potter films box office-wise.
The nine films of the Harry Potter series from Warner Bros. earned over $8 billion between them in the global box office, but now the nine Star Wars movies (eight episodic, one spinoff) have surpassed it significantly. The last Potter-verse film was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).
Currently Warner Bros. is gearing to release a Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindewald, in November this year. That will form a series out of the original movie which is a spinoff from the main Harry Potter films. But nobody knows if it’ll match the Star Wars saga’s success.
There is one thing that is certain however: for all that either Harry Potter or Star Wars can do with their upcoming films to one-up the other, neither of them can dethrone the current movie franchise king, none other than the Marvel Cinematic Universe of Marvel Studios. Such is life.