“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is inching closer to the $1 billion milestone, with worldwide grosses set to hit the mark before New Year’s Eve.
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “The Last Jedi” earned $934.2 million worldwide after pulling in $42.1 million globally on Thursday to reach $464.6 million domestically in two weeks along with $469.6 internationally.
“The Last Jedi” is now the 11th highest-grossing domestic movie of all time — less than $10 million behind 1999’s “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.” On the worldwide chart, it’s now 43rd and only $200,000 behind 2009’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” took in $19.4 million at 4,232 sites Thursday to top Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which has been “The Last Jedi’s” biggest competitor since it opened on Dec. 20. The action-comedy took in $15 million on Thursday from 3,765 North American locations, bringing the nine-day domestic total to $119.3 million.
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is also performing impressively in international markets with $107 million in 58% of international territories as of Thursday. The action comedy has yet to open in Brazil, Japan, Korea, Argentina, Italy and China.
Universal’s comedy “Pitch Perfect 3” is in third place domestically and has topped $40 million in the U.S. in its first six days. Fox’s Hugh Jackman musical “The Greatest Showman” is in fourth and has totaled $28.7 million since it opened on Dec. 20, followed by the animated comedy “Ferdinand” with $37 million after 13 days, and Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” with $170 million in six weeks.
Matt Damon’s comedy-drama “Downsizing” came in seventh and has taken in $11.1 million in six days.
Sony’s “All the Money in the World,” the year’s last major wide release, earned $1.4 million from 2,074 locations on Thursday for a four-day domestic total of $7.2 million.
As of Dec. 27, the 2017 overall domestic box office had grossed $10.85 billion, down 2.6% from last year, according to comScore. The final total will be about $11.09 billion — down nearly $300 million from last year’s record-setting $11.38 billion, due mostly to a dismal summer box office.
“The final weekend of one of the most perplexing years in recent memory offers a treasure trove of great movies, despite a slight downturn in North American box office fortunes and thus a strong lead in to 2018 at the multiplex,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore.
The worldwide box office total is expected to rise from 2016’s $38.8 billion, thanks to gains in China this year.