01 January, 2018
In what should come as no surprise whatsoever, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is continuing to earn a lot of money.
The animated Ferdinand, starring John Cena as the voice of the titular bull, rounded out the top five with $11.7 million, for a domestic total of $53.8 million through Sunday. The Last Jedi is still pacing well behind 2015's record-breaking The Force Awakens, but in a matter of days, it will surpass the entire global gross of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which earned $1.06 billion after opening past year. This is just par the course for Disney's new Star Wars movies, which have all been extremely successful commercially, and now, Star Wars has reached an impressive milestone. It also does not factor in the sales from merchandising and other side revenues. To this point, "The Last Jedi" is 23 percent ahead of the pace set by "Rogue One" after two weeks in theaters, and 30 percent behind that of "The Force Awakens". With strong word of mouth from both critics and audiences, the film is aimed at the sort of family audiences that "Star Wars" hopes to keep coming into the theaters as kids are out of school on winter break. It also had an all-time best domestic gross of $936.7 million.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has officially joined the $1 billion club. As of this writing, the sequel sits at over $914 million.More news: 'SNL' has Christmas message from Baldwin's Trump
Neither box office analysts nor Disney expected "Last Jedi" to match the gross for "The Force Awakens", which had the advantage of being the first "Star Wars" movie in a decade to be released.
The Last Jedi made a splash in its worldwide opening weekend. The gain came despite a 2.3% slide in USA box office, slammed by the worst summer in a decade as worldwide box office jumped 5%.
See this weekend's top 10 at the domestic box office below, via comScore.