Wednesday, June 19, 2024

“Star Wars” The Studio Awakens to $400 Mil Christmas Day, Near $900 Mil Global


Han, Leia, Poe, Rey, Finn, BB8, et al found a big present at the bottom of their Christmas tree today. “Star Wars” started the day, December 25th, with $391,051,329 in box office receipts. The blockbuster made $27.6 million on Christmas Eve.¬† Sometime around noon, I guess, the film soared past $400 million to around $420 million or thereabouts. The global total is nearing $900 million.

That’s a nice Christmas present for Disney and Bob Iger, not to mention all the people who worked on the film who get profit participation. George Lucas (who still gets a taste of something somewhere and mmm mmm good) should be happy. Besides having made him a fortune, “Star Wars” is a legacy for him as a writer and creator of characters people are still talking about and adoring some 40 years later.

Disney should have no problem making it to $2 billion.

As a matter of perspective: “Phantom Menace” total US was $475 million. “Attack of the Clones” was $310 million. “Revenge of the Sith,” the last “Star Wars” movie in 2005, made a domestic¬† total of $380 million.

“The Force Awakens” is a phenom. My guess is by the time the trilogy ends, patricide will not be its lasting legacy.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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