– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Love it or hate it, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is bringing in some solid box office coin. Thus far, it’s made around $610 million worldwide, with $296.5 million coming from North American box office receipts alone. This is in comparison to Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ $390.9 million in the same period.

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Abroad, the film has made around $314 million. While it’s opened in a lot of key places, one country it has yet to open in is China, which could very well give the film another substantial boost come early January.

Obviously, The Last Jedi isn’t setting itself up to approach anywhere near the mammoth $2.1 billion cume, but it’s definitely well on its way to easily breaking $1 billion, and potentially encroaching $1.5 billion, which is pretty amazing for any franchise. Assuming the film has around a $200 million budget, it likely has already broken even, including the cost of advertising.

By the end of today, Variety is reporting that the film will break $650 million worldwide, which is a nice little milestone.

What we’ll truly have to keep an eye out for here is this coming weekend. The film has been a bit polarizing, especially in the hardcore fan community. Couple that with the bad Rotten Tomatoes audience score, and we wonder if this negative buzz from the outspoken fans will impact its second weekend, and signal a troubling trend.

However, with the CinemaScore coming in at a solid A, it appears that mainstream consensus is that this is a film worth seeing. We’ll see what voices other audiences listen to the most.

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SOURCE: Variety

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.