The Last Jedi (Already) Set to Pass $1 Billion at Box Office

Posted January 01, 2018

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"The Last Jedi" is now the eighth highest-grossing domestic movie of all time with $517.1 million - only $15 million behind last year's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in the seventh spot.

After just three weeks in theaters, "Star Wars: Episode VIII" has surpassed the domestic box-office haul of "Beauty and the Beast", which spent more than four months in theaters across the country and made just over $500 million in the U.S. The LEGO sets based on the upcoming movie are available now.

Walt Disney Studios has earned back the $4.06 billion cost to purchase Lucasfilm thanks to the new "Star Wars" films. This means that one of the core messages of "Star Wars" is to set aside racial diversity for a noble goal. The Last Jedi opened to a combined $450 million worldwide.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is pacing 35 percent behind The Force Awakens at foreign markets.

Outside the top 10, Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut Molly's Game earned $2.3 million in its first full weekend, earning $5.2 million domestically since it opened in limited release on Christmas Day. While it's true that The Last Jedi saw a huge dip from its opening to its second weekend, that by no means represents that the film is "in trouble". This is just par the course for Disney's new Star Wars movies, which have all been extremely successful commercially, and now, Star Wars has reached an impressive milestone. That helped push its worldwide total well past the $1 billion mark.

On a final note, fans of "Star Wars" would also do well to remember that the movie franchise, ever since it began on 1977, has always been about a group of people from all walks of life rebelling against a tyrannical order. So, Disney has always been making money off of Star Wars but it's still an impressive benchmark for the movies.