'The Last Jedi' Celebrates NYE By Passing $1B At The Box Office

Emilio Banks
January 1, 2018

Taking the No. 1 spot for the third week in a row is "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", bringing in an estimated $52 million.

This should help calm down the fiery debate going on in the Star Wars fanbase. The Last Jedi opened to a combined $450 million worldwide. Now, over five years later with three movies completed, Disney has earned back its investment. To this point, "The Last Jedi" is 23 percent ahead of the pace set by "Rogue One" after two weeks in theaters, and 30 percent behind that of "The Force Awakens".

Fans have also defended Tran even citing notions such as white fragility, and others have called out fans on being unfair since they apparently only hate Rose and are taking it out on Tran. With strong word of mouth from both critics and audiences, the film is aimed at the sort of family audiences that "Star Wars" hopes to keep coming into the theaters as kids are out of school on winter break. So, Disney has always been making money off of Star Wars but it's still an impressive benchmark for the movies. It also had an all-time best domestic gross of $936.7 million. This means that one of the core messages of "Star Wars" is to set aside racial diversity for a noble goal.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is globally the fourth highest grossing movie of 2017. On the worldwide chart, it's now 24th with $1.04 billion, edging Universal-Illumination's "Despicable Me 3".

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Celebrities arrive on the red carpet to attend the premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. As of this writing, the sequel sits at over $914 million.

At the domestic box office, however, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is close behind The Last Jedi, earning second place with an estimated $50.6 million.

Star Wars is likely looking at some serious box office numbers for a few more years before that ceiling begins to level off.

See this weekend's top 10 at the domestic box office below, via comScore.

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