Well that was fast. Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters less than two weeks ago, and it’s already near the top of the 2017 domestic box office ladder — and inching closer to the all-time record, held by, you guessed it, The Force Awakens. Let’s put that into perspective, shall we? According to Deadline, this film has already earned an incredible $844 million worldwide (that’s $67 million per day, if you’re into math).
Interestingly, even though The Last Jedi lost 68% of its opening weekend audience — a serious problem for most blockbusters — they had already amassed such a mountain of cash that this attendance drop hardly amounted to more than a blip on its way to box office immortality. And yet, they’re still trailing The Force Awakens by 34% (but ahead of Rogue One by 38%).
OK, OK, too many numbers, amirite? Let’s restate this discussion for the non-math-inclined (like me). The Last Jedi has already eclipsed Wonder Woman at the domestic box office, and they’re within a week or two of surpassing Beauty and the Beast for the number one spot.
If you care to weep for the remaining non-Disney-owned studios, that’s 6 Disney-owned films in the top 10 this year (Beauty and the Beast, The Last Jedi, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Logan — since Disney will soon own X-Men too). Ten bucks says Disney will be even more dominant in 2018. Sigh.
If you really want to have some fun with numbers, click over to the source article on Deadline, where they explore and expose all kinds of dollars, dates, and percentages. It’s not that I don’t care — I do — but at a certain point my nose starts to bleed. You kids go enjoy.
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