There are no blockbuster events quite as significant as the Star Wars franchise. The past three Decembers have brought two main sequels and the franchise's first standalone film, making an insane amount of money with each new installment. Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the most recent addition to the galaxy far, far away, and Rian Johnson's subverted all fan expectations with his capsulated and challenging story. And while not all fans seemed to enjoy the sequel's various plot twists, it's making an absolutely insane amount of money in both domestic and international markets. And now we have an idea of how much it might accrue in total.
The newest estimate for Star Wars: The Last Jedi's gross are in, and they indicate that the new blockbuster could end up making a whopping $1.3 billion globally. This mass of money once again proves how iconic and beloved the Star Wars franchise is, as generations of fans flocked to theaters to see Luke Skywalker's long awaited return to the property.
While Forbes' estimate for The Last Jedi's box office performance is most producer's dream, The Last Jedi will actually be making far less money than The Force Awakens. J.J. Abrams' first entry into the new trilogy made $2.068 billion back in 2015, which is almost twice the amount.
Of course, there were plenty of reasons for The Force Awakens to make more money than the Episode VIII. There had been a decade since the release of Revenge of the Sith, so anticipation for the new trilogy was at an all time high. Additionally, The Force Awakens brought the long awaited return of the trio of original heroes, which some fans had been waiting 30 years for.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi was far less exciting by comparison, although it still made an outstanding amount of money. But one market that seemed to fail Rian Johnson's new movie was China. While Chinese box office has become a saving grace for many movies, Chinese audiences didn't seem to especially care about the newest Star Wars sequel. The Last Jedi lost at the box office during its premiere weeks ago, and has already stopped playing in theaters. The Star Wars franchise has previously had a difficult time resonating with Eastern moviegoers, and unfortunately that trend has continued.
Still, The Last Jedi did make significantly more money than Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The first standalone film ended up accruing $1.056 billion, proving that Star Wars fans care much more about the main franchise than the spinoff films. Now we'll just have to wait and see what happens when Solo arrives in theaters in just a few months.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still playing in theaters, and Solo: A Star Wars Story is set to arrive on March 25th, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies this year.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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