"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is the fourth 2017 title to go past $1 billion worldwide, along with Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at $1.26 billion, Universal's "The Fate of the Furious" at $1.24 billion and Universal-Illumination's "Despicable Me 3" at $1.03 billion.
The space saga, featuring stars like the late Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley, earned $52.4 million at the domestic box office over weekend and another $120.4 million globally.
In total, the film has earned $517 total gross at the USA box office, a massive number for a film that opened earlier in December!
The animated Ferdinand, starring John Cena as the voice of the titular bull, rounded out the top five with $11.7 million, for a domestic total of $53.8 million through Sunday. After just three weeks in theaters, the film is officially set to top $1 billion at the global box office. Horror movies, which do not quite play to the same effect on Netflix and other streaming services, were a particular bright spot for theaters, with films like "It" and "Get Out" becoming cultural sensations.
Carrie Fisher left us one year ago but as evidenced by the many recent tributes, her legacy and the impact she had on Star Wars fans never will cease. Through Monday, it's expected to reach a domestic total of $186.3 million - and if those numbers hold, it could surpass The Last Jedi to win the four-day New Year's weekend.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in cinemas now. That is the fifth largest opening in box office history. Worldwide box office had hit a record $38.9 billion in 2015 and then edged down slightly in 2016 to $38.8 billion, so Disney-Luscasfilm's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" provided almost all of the gain for 2017.
What did you see at the movies this weekend???