Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars: The Last Jedi helped push Disney past $6 billion at the global box office as this year comes to a close.
Deadline is reporting that as of today, Disney has passed the $6B mark at the global box office. This is their third consecutive year to make more than $5B and is the second-biggest year for the company since 2016 (where they grossed $7.6B before the end of that year). Star Wars: The Last Jedi is responsible for a lot of this last-minute push toward that milestone, as the blockbuster crossed $600M globally yesterday and is expected to reach $800M globally by the end of the holiday weekend. The latest Star Wars movie will also push Disney past $2B domestically sometime today.
Disney is particularly lucky this year in that they didn’t have any significant box office flops — while Cars 3, their lowest-grossing wide release, offered middling returns compared to the other films in that series, it also made enough to break even, and the brand is still a monster in terms of merchandise sales. Meanwhile, movies like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok performed above expectations and Beauty and the Beast turned out to be this year’s breakout hit. Star Wars is just a cherry on top.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in theaters. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.