'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' tops $1 billion worldwide

Angelo Anderson
January 1, 2018

Rian Johnson's highly-polarizing film officially overtook Disney's Beauty and the Beast thanks to its tally of $517 million at the U.S. box office.

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.

Overseas, the Rian Johnson feature pocketed another $68 million in ticket sales, which helped push the film's global haul past the one billion dollar mark in just three weeks' time. Domestic ticket sales totaled about $11.12 billion, a 2.3 percent decline from previous year and on par with results for 2015.

It's definitely a little preposterous to think that a multi-billion dollar corporation would change the ending to a movie - guaranteed to make millions of dollars - just because of one thing an actor said about it.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has earned the top spot at the New Year's Eve weekend box office, earning $52.4 million.

But "Star Wars" is facing some hefty competition still, from the likes of The Rock, Jack Black and Kevin Hart, whose "Jumanji" sequel took in $50.6 million in its second weekend in theaters to take second place.

"The Last Jedi" has also topped the charts for the third weekend in a row. At the the same time, The Last Jedi is already passing up the entire lifetime gross of standalone film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($1.06 billion).

"Going to the movies is truly a worldwide phenomenon", said comScore's Senior Media Analyst, Paul Dergarabedian. Universal's Pitch Perfect 3 led the rest of weekend's domestic pack with a projected $22.7 million at 3,468 locations for Friday-Monday, lifting its 11-day total to $69.2 million.

Another musical, The Greatest Showman, with Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, came in fourth with $15.3 million in its second weekend. The comedy threequel, starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, took in $13.1 million this weekend from 34 global markets for a foreign total of $28.6 million. Jungle has commanded a great $170 million so far and should have little to no problem working its way to the $275 million by the end of its domestic run.

In its first weekend in theaters after debuting on Christmas Day, Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World" took in $5.5 million, bringing its total to $12.6 million.

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