Just a short while after it crossed the $1 billion landmark at the global box office, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has now become the highest earning film of 2017.
The highly divisive film by Rian Johnson has officially gone past Disney film Beauty and the Beast courtesy its tall of $517 million at the domestic US box office. The figure enabled the movie to become the fourth film franchise that earned over billion-dollars. The latest Star Wars Episode earned $99 million during the four-day Christmas period and is now all set to secure a place in the top-five highest money making movies in the history.
Despite all the praise received by it, The Last Jedi is still likely to lag behind the record-shattering Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is the #3 all-time grosser with a tally of $2.06 billion. Disney has now earned the $4 billion that it had spent on acquiring Lucasfilm. It must also be noted that Johnson’s tally enabled the Star Wars franchise to take its overall tally to $8.7 billion as far as worldwide gross earning is concerned, throughout its history.
The Last Jedi entered its fourth weekend as the third highest-earning Star Wars film ever, trailing only The Force Awakens and 2016 movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which had finished its cinematic run at $1.06 billion.
The Rian Johnson-helmed Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma.