(FinancialPress) — Heavy online criticism was not enough to quench the fans‘ thirst for more Star Wars, as the latest installment of the epic space franchise took only 3 weeks to break the $1 billion box office barrier worldwide.
Disney (DIS), owner to Lucasfilm and all of its intellectual property, revealed on Sunday that “The Last Jedi“ has reached an estimated $1.04 billion when tallying up the global box office income. The number makes “Episode VIII“ the third-biggest film of 2017 worldwide.
Box Office Mojo, a site that tracks the media industry, has Disney‘s “Beauty and the Beast“ at $1.26 billion worldwide, and Universal‘s “Fate of the Furious“ at $1.24 billion.
Domestically, however, TLJ already holds the throne. The film passed “Beauty and the Beast“ as the #1 domestic release of 2017.
3 weeks in, the movie holds the spot for the 8th-largest release within US soil – with $517 million raked in.
The eighth installment in the episodic “Star Wars“ saga premiered in North America on Dec. 14th and achieved the laurel of the second-biggest film opening ever. Its predecessor, “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Force Awakens“, holds the top spot. The JJ Abrams-directed film premiered in 2015 and also starred Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver in the lead roles.