Lucasfilm's latest entry in the Star Wars saga just passed another milestone, becoming the second highest grossing film of the year.
The movie saw an uptick on Tuesday from the holiday weekend, which worked against The Last Jedi's box office numbers. After taking in $28.1 million yesterday on top of its $100 million weekend, the film is poised to become the highest grossing film of the year before 2017 ends.
Though the global numbers have yet to come in, the film's domestic gross for Tuesday pushes its total haul past the $800 million mark, but if the pattern holds it's likely just a few days away from making $1 billion.
Of course, these are expected numbers for a Star Wars movie, which has been a huge boon Disney's annual grosses. They are the only entertainment company to pull in over $6 billion at the box office twice, and they did it two years in a row. The Star Wars franchise is no small part of their earnings, giving the company that last push before the new year rings in.
The numbers don't exactly reflect the mixed reception the movie has received among fans, with a vocal group expressing outrage at any mention of the words "Last Jedi."
Despite the Rotten Tomatoes audience rating and the various petitions, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is well on its way to becoming the second most successful film in the franchise, trailing behind The Force Awakens.
That might not sit well with some fans, but for Disney chairman Bob Iger, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and other executives… it's another successful outing for the iconic franchise.0comments
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in theaters everywhere.