The Last Jedi is wringing the last few drops out of the worldwide box office as it edges over the $1.3 billion dollar mark worldwide.
With $1,311,425,821 in the bank across the planet, the film now sits at number one worldwide and domestically for 2017, with $610,725,821 taken so far in North America. With The Last Jedi in 6th position that means 5 of the top 12 highest grossing films ever in North America are Star Wars films. Avengers: Infinity War will likely overtake The Last Jedi to nudge it back down to 7th, and the jury is out on whether or not Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom can repeat the huge success of its 2015 predecessor, which raked in $652.3 in the States alone. Nevertheless, box office eyes now turn to Solo: A Star Wars Story to see if it can match the nuge success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story back in 2016.
However, the overseas figure is undoubtedly disappointing, with $700.7 million worldwide leaving it in 5th place for 2017 behind Beauty and the Beast ($759.5), Despicable Me 3 ($770.2), Wolf Warrior 2 ($867.6) and The Fate of the Furious ($1,010.0).
That puts The Last Jedi in 25th position on the all-time overseas list, splitting The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Next up in 23rd and 22nd are Ice Age: Continental Drift and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is most likely as far as the film will rise as there’s a $24 million dollar gap to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 21st position on $742.1 million. A decent outing in China of $100 million could have seen a further $60-70 million in the bank, which would have placed it in and around Beauty and the Beast and Despicable Me 3 on $770.2 million.
On the inflation-adjusted chart it rises to 45th position, just ahead of Goldfinger on $608,634,000 and behind Beverly Hills Cop on $616,437,200. It looks set to make it up to the all-time top 40, close to another John Williams scored classic, Home Alone on $621,799,900.
Worldwide the film is now 9th, $33.3 million behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in the all-time 8th position, a gap which is just within its grasp as screens drop away and interest fades. That said, with the film receiving 4 Oscar nominations there’s a chance of a rebound as Lucasfilm push and promote the film the nearer we get to the ceremony on 4th March.