Star Wars: The Last Jedi Passes $1 Billion Worldwide Preview

Not that anyone was doubting it would be, but Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a massive hit. The sci-fi epic has now made $ 531.5 million in the United States, passing another Disney movie, the live-action Beauty and the Beast, to become the top-grossing release domestically this year. The Last Jedi has made $ 523.3 million from international markets, boosting the film’s total global box office haul to an astonishing $ 1.054 billion after just a few weeks, according to box office numbers posted on Box Office Mojo.

While critics were generally impressed by The Last Jedi, fans reacted in a more mixed manner, at least in some places. The audience rating on the mega movie site Rotten Tomatoes is just 50 percent after more than 165,000 votes.

The Last Jedi opens in China, its final market, on January 5, so the film’s box office haul stands to grow much further still before all is said and done.

In addition to The Last Jedi, three other films have surpassed $ 1 billion worldwide this year, according to Variety, including Beauty and the Beast ($ 1.26 billion), The Fate of the Furious ($ 1.24 billion), and Despicable Me 3 ($ 1.03 billion).

The Last Jedi will surely surpass the $ 1.056 billion that Rogue One made, though it is not expected to catch up to the hugely successful The Force Awakens ($ 2.068 billion).

Whatever figure The Last Jedi ends its theatrical run with is just the beginning, as the movie will make even more money from DVD/Blu-ray/digital sales further down the line.


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