‘The Last Jedi’ Is Still Flying at Lightspeed
Love it or hate it, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is having a phenomenal run. The film is expected to hit $800 million worldwide once Tuesday’s tickets are counted, after an impressive two-week run so far. The film has been said to be the best of the entire saga – and the worst. Clearly, some people forgot about Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Depending on where you look, news on the movie is either good or bad. Some places are saying Christmas was a flop and some say it was impressive. However, I say $800 million in 12 days is pretty impressive.
How Does It Compare to the Other Movies in the Saga?
While $800 million worldwide is impressive, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star War Story both did much better. This has probably contributed to the negative feedback some fans have been spewing online. In comparison, at current standings, The Force Awakens is the 3rd-highest grossing film of all time, and Rogue One is 20th, with The Last Jedi far behind at 70th. Obviously, this number will change, and they will surely move up. China has often contributed a big jump to Star Wars when it opens, and it won’t premiere there until January 4th, 2018. So before we get our final number, we still have a ways to go.
Is the Saga in Trouble?
No, not at all. While these numbers don’t compare well to the last two installments, this has still been a very successful run so far. Any other film series would consider this a win. Also, Rian Johnson is still doing his own trilogy in the Star Wars Universe, so Lucasfilm and Disney have not lost faith. Star Wars: Episode IX is set to come out in two years, and we will have to wait and see how the saga ends before the new one begins. Until then, we have Solo coming out next year to tide us over. Star Wars is definitely not going anywhere anytime soon. Let’s just hope they keep the universe and movies interesting and fun. I know I won’t stop seeing them!