Wednesday, April 17, 2024

“Star Wars” Good News, Bad News: Crosses $1 Bil Mark Worldwide, But Still $225 Mil Behind “Force Awakens”


A hard year at the box office ends tonight with good news and bad news for “Star Wars.”

“The Last Jedi” has crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide, divided evenly between US and international box office.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that “The Last Jedi” is now $225 million off the mark of “The Force Awakens.” That’s a lot of money, the cost of a whole “Star Wars” movie really.

The gap will grow wider as January tickets slow, everyone goes back to school and work, and thoughts turn to saving the 2018 box office.

Of course, there’s still tomorrow, New Year’s Day, or tonight, in the frigid cold for most of the country for one last hurrah.

And then there will be the countdown of real disasters for the fall season: “The Greatest Showman,” “Pitch Perfect 3,” and so on. On the good news front: Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express” crossed $100 million US today. That’s a total $313 million worldwide. Can “Death on the Nile” be far behind?

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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