The latest Star Wars film had gone past an MCU icon when it knocked out Iron-Man 3 from its #12 position on the list of highest money making films ever. The Last Jedi is now nearing the completion of its first month of release and is currently sitting at $1.29 billion globally.
One above The Last Jedi is The Fate of the Furious, which is likely to be overtaken by the Star Wars movie as soon as it adds another $7 million, however, it will face a bigger challenge from the Disney’s live-action movie Beauty and the Beast. It has a total of $1.263 billion, which necessitates The Last Jedi to earn over $30 million more to overtake it.
The initial estimates for The Last Jedi pegged the movie to make around $1.6 billion total, but, it is a long way away from those numbers. We don’t mean that the film has disappointed on the box office, but, there have been some things which affected its performance.
The film started poorly in China, which is the second most important market in the world. The Last Jedi had a $28.7 million opening, which is below Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s total of $30 million and the $52 million of The Force Awakens. However, the film hasn’t done badly all over the world, because it performed well in the UK ($102.9 million), Germany ($73.5 million), France ($57.6 million) and Japan ($52.2 million).
Since China is the last big market where the movie is releasing, it is also the last chance to earn maximum dollars from the audiences.
Another challenge for the film has been the various controversies related to the storylines, and how a lot of loyal “fans” have angrily demanded the movie to be removed from the official Star Wars canon.
The original Star Wars trilogy featured Luke Skywalker is shown to be the main hero who never doubted his support to the Jedi Order. Luke’s failure as a teacher led to his abandoning the Jedi and hiding in exile on Ahch-To, as witnessed in The Last Jedi.
From the time the film released, fans have channeled their anger towards writer/director Rian Johnson, seeking his removal from the leadership role in the next Star Wars trilogy. There were also various petitions that have popped up across the internet, hoping that the audience’s opinion is taken into consideration.
This poor reception has resulted in lesser repeat viewers of The Last Jedi, which affected its box office earnings.
The Last Jedi can be watched in theaters now