It's been a great few years to be a Star Wars fan. With Disney now in charge of the property and rapidly expanding it, we should expect a new Star Wars flick every year for the foreseeable future. The last three Decembers brought new films to theaters, with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story sandwiched between the last two sequels to the main franchise. Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been pretty divisive among fans of the long running franchise, although there's one aspect of its success that's certain: it's making a ton of money. In fact, The Last Jedi recently surpassed the box office performance of Rogue One, and still has a few weeks left in theaters before its domestic total can be accumulated.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has made a whopping $220,009,584 at the box office, one again winning last weekend by beating out Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Rogue One performed more modestly for a Star Wars flick, as Box Office Mojo reports it trails behind with a still impressive $155,081,681. Now the question is why exactly this trend has emerged in the galaxy far, far away.
Perhaps the most obvious reason is that the stakes are higher for the main franchise. Entire generations of moviegoers have followed Luke Skywalker's family and the battle of the Light Side against the Dark. The Last Jedi was Luke's true return to the property, only appearing in the cliffhanger ending of J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens two years ago. The new sequel also had the added stakes of being Carrie Fisher's final appearance as General Leia, following her unexpected death last December.
This is likely the main reason why The Last Jedi is making more money than Rogue One. While the standalone film helped to expand the universe and featured the coolest Darth Vader sequence ever, it wasn't essential in order to understand the canon as a whole. So those who happened to miss it or for the OG fans who are against the idea of standalone films are still able to watch The Last Jedi without needing any prior knowledge.
Solo: A Star Wars Story will likely be just as supplementary when it hits theaters this May. The film has a seriously impressive cast and will reunite fans to Han Solo, following his shocking death in The Force Awakens. But it's also had some onset drama, with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller parting ways with the film after creative differences with Lucasfilm. They were replaced by Ron Howard, and fans are eager to see the first footage or stills from film, especially as its set to arrive in just a few months.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters now, and Solo: A Star Wars Story will arrive in theaters May 25th. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies this year.