Forget the anger and disappointment expressed by loyal fans in the last month because Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues to smash milestones one after another in the box office.
The weekend saw the latest installment in the decades-old saga become the sixth movie to earn more than $600 million in domestic theaters. It now stands on the same footing as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as Avatar, Titanic, Jurassic World, and The Avengers. While the movie has managed to also find success overseas, the numbers pale in comparison to the other aforementioned blockbusters.
In addition, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has achieved the honor of being the ninth highest-grossing movie of all time in the global box office. It currently sits at just under $1.3 billion and managed to nudge past Frozen on the weekend. It now looks to trump Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in the coming weeks.
The movie was previously predicted by analysts to finish in the range of $1.6 billion. If that were to actually happen, Star Wars: The Last Jedi would become the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time in the global box office. However, the figure has now been revised to $1.3 billion, the same point where it currently sits. Provided that something out of the ordinary happens, it looks like the movie’s theatrical run is about to conclude.
There has been a stern debate over whether the movie deserves to be regarded as an official addition to the canon. It was only last week when a fan-petition went online to demand director Rian Johnson to admit how “awful” the movie actually was. Looking at the box office, though, it is unlikely that Warner Bros. will be even considering to listen to angry voices right now.