Friday, June 21, 2024

Box Office: Gap Between “Last Jedi” and “Force Awakens” Nearing $200 Mil as Day-to-Days Sales Slow


Yes, yes, The Last Jedi is a big big hit.

But it’s never going to be as big a hit as “The Force Awakens.”

And even though Disney can now see its surpassed earnings of $4 billion with LucasFilms since buying it from George Lucas for $4 billion…

“Last Jedi” is now running $187 million day to day behind “The Force Awakens.”

The Christmas holiday week has helped but not enough to make up the huge disparity between the two films.

By its 14th day, “Force Awakens” had made $652 million. “Jedi” has earned $464.5 million domestically. That’s a difference of about $187 million, up — or down 10 million– from last week. The $200 million mark is nearing. You could make a damn good “Star Wars” movie for $200 million. Maybe that one will be called “The Return of the Profit.”

And now, with the three principle stars of “Star Wars” gone, the new chapters may behave more like “Rogue One,” which only had $375 million socked away on its 14th day.

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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