Star Wars: The Last Jedi has officially crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office to become the highest-grossing film of 2017, besting Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for the top spot domestically.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that this has been a particularly robust New Years weekend at the box office, which helped The Last Jedi pull in $52.4 million for the three-day weekend and a projected $65.6 million over the four-day holiday weekend. At the international box office, the latest chapter in the Skywalker Saga grossed $68 million for a total of $523.3 million overseas to add to the overall global tally of $1.04 billion through Sunday.
Compared to the last two Star Wars releases, The Last Jedi is down about 25% from the $742 million Star Wars: The Force Awakens grossed over the same span. However, the film is on the cusp of beating the complete box office total of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, so perhaps the fact that there were 10 years of anticipation behind The Force Awakens led to the higher gross of the first film.
In other box office news, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle came in a close second, grossing $50.6 million through Sunday for a projected four-day total of $67 million. With a projected take of $350 million globally through the end of the weekend, this marks a major win for Sony this holiday season.
“In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.”
Directed by Rian Johnson, The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently in theatres.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter