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01 January 2018, 02:08 | Cassandra Thompson
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the US box office's top earner of 2017... taking $517m in three weeks
"Beauty and the Beast", also a Disney release, netted out with $504 million for the year.
This weekend, The Last Jedi also crossed $1 billion worldwide, for an estimated global total of $1.04 billion through Sunday.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is enjoying a wave of overwhelming critical and commercial success, however, there are fans that feel upset that the film subverted expectations and changed the direction of Star Wars lore. That brings the film's worldwide box office total to $523.3 million.
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It was never expected to reach the heights of The Force Awakens, and The Last Jedi was facing some genuine competition during that second week in the form of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Greatest Showman. It is pacing 36 percent of ahead of last year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. That number is set to rise, however, as the film is estimated to rake in $72 million over the course of the four-day weekend, which should up its domestic total to $537 million through Monday.
Star Wars is likely looking at some serious box office numbers for a few more years before that ceiling begins to level off. But it's already in the top 10 highest-grossing films of all time domestically, and it's been out for less than a month. Attendance declined by roughly 4 percent, to 1.26 billion, according to analysts, the lowest total in about two decades, as a string of big-budget films stumbled. Fellow Star Wars actor Mark Hamillhonored Fisher on social media, while her daughter and fellow Star Wars actress Billie Lourd visited the Northern Lights in memory of her mother. It's almost 2018, and you've only watched "Star Wars" threetimes. So, Disney has always been making money off of Star Wars but it's still an impressive benchmark for the movies.
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