'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Tops $1 Billion Worldwide

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Taking the No. 1 spot for the third week in a row is "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", bringing in an estimated $52 million. Added to the film's $517 million domestic total, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has earned $1.04 billion worldwide. Disney is expected to surpass this amount with the final sales of "The Last Jedi". Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in US theaters on December 15, 2017. Likewise, it does not cover the millions spent on production and marketing. It also does not factor in the sales from merchandising and other side revenues. The next standalone Star Wars movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, opens in theaters on May 25, 2018. Star Wars: The Force Awakens achieved that milestone the fastest.

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The $4.06 billion also does not count the more lucrative marketing strategy Walt Disney Studios makes out of the Star Wars films. This means that one of the core messages of "Star Wars" is to set aside racial diversity for a noble goal. The film was something of a gamble, being the first Star Wars film not connected to the events of the main series, but that seems like a foolish concern in hindsight.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has officially joined the $1 billion club. As of this writing, the sequel sits at over $914 million.

According to another report, "The Last Jedi" has already become the highest grossing film this year in Denmark and Sweden, and the fourth highest earning film in European markets in 2017.

At the domestic box office, however, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is close behind The Last Jedi, earning second place with an estimated $50.6 million.

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