Critically Acclaimed 'The Last Jedi' Pushes Disney to 2017 Box Office Victory

Critically Acclaimed ‘The Last Jedi’ Pushes Disney to 2017 Box Office Victory

Posted by December 27, 2017 Comment

As expected following the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Disney has officially earned the highest domestic box office total of any studio this year with $2.27 billion dollars, beating out rival Warner Bros, which currently has $2.02 billion.

Warner Bros actually pulled ahead in the race earlier this month following the release of Justice League in November, becoming the first studio to cross the $2 billion threshold this year. However, Justice League failed to perform up to expectations, thanks in large part to the lack of a Zack Snyder cut, while Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a mega-hit, despite suffering from some backlash online, fueled largely by a high critic score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Disney movies filled 3 of the top 5 box office slots this year, with Beauty and the Beast coming in first, followed by Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman had the third best domestic total, while Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 took fourth place, followed by Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.

This marks the second year Disney has come out on top, but according to Variety, they made less this year than last, when they brought in $2.85 billion. Even with one more weekend left at the box office, Disney will be unable to earn another $600 million before the year is out.

There’s a large dropoff after second place, with Universal earning around $1.49 billion and Fox taking fourth place with $1.37 billion, money that could soon be Disney’s once the deal goes through to acquire the studio’s assets. Sony and Lionsgate failed to crack a billion, while Paramount barely made more than a paltry $500 million.

Pfft. Pocket change.

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A prophecy says that in the comic book industry's darkest days, a hero will come to lead the people through a plague of overpriced floppies, incentive variant covers, #1 issue reboots, and super-mega-crossover events.

Scourge of Rich Johnston, maker of puns, and seeker of the Snyder Cut, Jude Terror, sadly, is not the hero comics needs right now... but he's the one the industry deserves.

(Last Updated December 27, 2017 8:23 pm )

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