Star Wars: The Last Jedi blasts to $745M worldwide
Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm‘s Star Wars: The Last Jedi remained in first place domestically with $68.5 million its second weekend (Friday to Sunday), a drop of 69% in ticket sales, to bring its total to $365.1 million through Sunday. It’s expected to earn $100.7 million from Friday through Christmas Day, for a North American total of $397 million. Internationally, The Last Jedi added $75.1 million this weekend and has now grossed $380.3 million, for a global total of $745.4 million through Sunday. The Last Jedi is scheduled to open in China on January 5th.
With the success of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the worldwide box office, Disney has crossed the $6 billion mark for the second consecutive year, making it the first and only studio to reach this milestone twice (and to have done so in consecutive years). 2017 is now the studio’s second best year ever, passing their 2015 total of $5.845 billion, and one of the biggest in industry history. Disney’s best year remains the industry all-time record of $7.6 billion in 2016. Disney is the only studio to break the $5 billion mark globally in three consecutive years (no other studio has done it in consecutive years).
Star Wars: The Last Jedi was written and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcoming back cast members Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.