Star Wars: The Last Jedi has just crossed another major milestone. According to the numbers on Box Office Mojo, the film has officially shot past last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s $1.056.1 billion box office haul. As of this writing, The Last Jedi has taken in $1.056.4 billion — just north of Rogue One’s own cume.
It goes without saying that this is a huge accomplishment for any film. In the history of film, only 32 movies have ever broken $1 billion, and the fact that The Last Jedi is on that list is a big deal. of course, with it being a Star Wars film, we can’t say it wasn’t expected. We also can’t ignore the fact that audiences were expecting it to beat out Rogue One without breaking a sweat. Given that it’s a mainline Star Wars saga film, it’s not an unreasonable thing for audiences to assume this to be a foregone conclusion.
The question now becomes if whether or not Star Wars: The Last Jedi will best Rogue One by a wide enough margin to be considered a success. Upfront, it’s important to say that no matter what happens from this point forward, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a financial success. Given this box office performance, it’s likely bringing in boatloads of money for Disney and Lucasfilm. However, with expectations already so high, is it on track to make enough for it to be viewed positively in the eyes of audiences?
The past several weeks have been a tumultuous one for the film. While critics and mainstream audiences both loved the film, there were more than a few fans who hated the changes it made to the Star Wars mythos, and the way it answered questions. At this point, it’s hard to tell, but it’s possible this negative bashing all over the web has had an effect on the film.
However, that being said, with it approaching $1.1 billion, things are still looking good for the film. Pretty much nothing of any real competition opens until Black Panther on February 16, and that gives the film a few more weeks to bring in the cash. Additionally, it still has yet to open in China, and when it does later this weekend, it’s expected to bring in north of $130 million. When all said and done, it seems feasible for the film to end its run north of $1.5 billion.
While this may not compete with Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ $2.068.2 billion cume, it’s unfair to have any film compete with that juggernaut.
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SOURCE: Box Office Mojo