The latest Lucasfilm chapter of the Star Wars saga just went past another landmark by becoming the second highest grossing film of 2017.
At the end of Tuesday, Star Wars: The Last Jedi had collected $423.7 million, overtaking the tally of the summer blockbuster Wonder Woman which finished its cinematic journey with $412.6 million.
The film saw an upward surge on Tuesday after the holiday weekend, which had negatively impacted The Last Jedi’s box office performance. After earning $28.1 million yesterday after the $100 million weekend, the movie is all set to finish the year as the highest grossing film of 2017.
At the moment, Disney’s film Beauty and the Beast which made $504 million, occupies the top slot, but, Star Wars is quite likely to cross that figure by the time December 31 ends.
The international figures are yet to arrive, but, the movie’s domestic total for Tuesday has already pushed it beyond the $800 million mark, and if it continues in the same vein, then the film is only days from crossing the $1 billion landmark.
Although this kind of figures is expected from a Star Wars movie, which has greatly boosted Disney’s yearly total. Disney is the only entertainment brand to make over $6 billion at the box office, two years in a row. The Star Wars franchise has been a significant contributor to their earnings, providing the final push before the arrival of the new year.
Although, these numbers might not be the accurate display of the mixed reaction received by the film from its fans, with a noisy section feeling outraged at the mere mention of “The Last Jedi.”
Even in the face of the Rotten Tomatoes audience score and a number of petitions, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is destined to become the second highest earning film of the Star Wars franchise, second only to The Force Awakens.
While that might not please some fans, but, for Bob Iger, Disney Chairman, Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm and other studio executives, it is yet another blockbuster for the legendary franchise.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently running in theaters all over the world.