On the first day of January we reported that Disney and Lucasfilms’ Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which premiered on December last year, has broken the billion-dollar box office milestone. Three days later, it was 19th on the Top 20 All-Time Highest-Grossing Films. It’s now January 15. Guess what happened?
The Last Jedi, despite its divisive nature among the Star Wars fan base, despite its poor performance in the Chinese market, is now at the Top 10 Highest-Grossing Films of All Time. True, it’s currently at rank 10, but that’s quite the jump from its 19th spot on January 4.
All told, the total box-office take for Last Jedi in terms of its ranking is $1.26 billion. $591.5 million of that is from domestic theaters while $673.4 million comes internationally. That $1.26-billion earning to reach Top 10 had The Last Jedi bumping Beauty and the Beast (2017) off the list.
In addition, that current number also makes The Last Jedi the highest-grossing domestic and worldwide film of 2017. Were it not for the utter ambivalence that the film received in China, it would have been extremely close to reaching the initially-projected $1.6 billion box-office high-water mark before its run ended.
Much hay has been thrown about regarding the sheer vitriol some fans have for the storyline developments of The Last Jedi. Devotees of the original trilogy have cried foul over “mischaracterizations” of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, or the “Mary-Sue” nature of Daisy Ridley’s character Rey, and the plot twists.
As of now, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in cinemas, winding down to the end of its theater run. Meanwhile, Solo: A Star Wars Story is gearing up for a May 25 release, despite the surprising lack of any teasers and trailers for the viewing audience’s benefit.