The Last Jedi has now made more than $1.3 billion, making it the all-time 9th-biggest global grosser. It’s unlikely to go any higher as we start heading into blockbuster season, with Fifty Shades Freed and Black Panther on the horizon. Scott Mendelson at Forbes writes why it’s still (duh) a big win for Disney.
→ Rian Johnson did another podcast! This time it’s
the /Filmcast, and here are the highlights.
→ Domhnall Gleeson was at Sundance for National Lampoon biopic
A Futile and Stupid Gesture, and we’ve gotten several interviews from him that touch on the sequel trilogy. In an IMDB interview, he revealed the origins of Hux’s blaster scene.With The Huffington Post, he talks about Hux and the aim of the character, while on the Happy Sad Confused podcast he touches on The Last Jedi‘s “broken phone call,” surviving the film, and his relationship with Kylo Ren. Also recently unearthed in a Japanese guide to The Force Awakens is a behind the scenes photo of Gleeson (with J.J. Abrams) filming the snow rescue scene that was cut.
Lupita Nyong’o is profiled in The Hollywood Reporter, and she talks a bit about the security measures of getting The Force Awakens script. On Episode IX: “I don’t know yet,” she says. “I’ll know soon.”
→ Rotten Tomatoes says that
. The Last Jedi was 2017’s best-reviewed SF/F movie
In the fifth weekend,
The Last Jedi has passed Beauty and the Beast at the global box office to become 2017’s highest earning movie and the 10th highest of all time. More figures via Scott Mendelson at Forbes:
The sci-fi sequel earned another $11.25m (-51%) in its fifth weekend to set the stage for a 32-day total of around $595m by tomorrow. If it can get to $600m domestic before Friday, it’ll still be the second-fastest grossing movie between Jurassic World and The Force Awakens.
He speculates that the movie will end up making about $1.3B worldwide.
China continues to be lukewarm on
Star Wars as behind a local comedy. China is the film’s last major market, and the franchise has never done particularly well there. The Last Jedi opens in second place
Just in time for the new year,
. Domestically, it’s now passed The Last Jedi has cleared the $1 billion mark in worldwide grosses Beauty and the Beast as 2017’s top-grossing movie.
It’s only just behind
Rogue One as the eighth highest-grossing domestic movie of all time, and with only $15 million between them, is likely to pass it within a day or two.
, passing The Last Jedi continues to dominate at the box office Wonder Woman‘s box office total on Tuesday. With $423.7 million, it’s now #2 for 2017 and may very well beat Beauty of the Beast’s $504M to take the top spot by the end of the year.
The film took in
$32 million on Christmas day and becoming the second-highest holiday grosser, behind only The Force Awakens.
, putting it behind only The Last Jedi slides into the weekend box office with a $220 million take The Force Awakens for the second biggest opening weekend of all time.
Internationally, where it opened everywhere but China,
the film has made $240M, giving it $450M total. It opens in China on January 5.
How many times have you seen it so far?
, a number dwarfed only by The Last Jedi made $45 million domestically on Thursday night The Force Awakens’ $57 million back in 2015. Variety predicts that the full Friday figures (which will include Thursday) will come out in the $95-98M range. The movie is expected to pass $200M over the entire opening weekend.
Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican looks into
if the crew of the Hammerhead in over Scarif. The answer? Spoiler: Sort of. Rogue One survived the battle
→ Also at EW, the creative team for Marvel’s . Like Rogue One adaptation The Force Awakens, it’ll be a six-issue series, but this one is written by Jody Houser and illustrated by Emilio Laiso. The first issue is due out in April. (That Phil Noto cover sure looks familiar…)
A new look at K-2SO from ABC gives us a look at Alan Tudyk in a different last scene for the droid.
→ io9’s Germain Lussier talks to
editor John Gilroy about the film, focusing on the third act.
The origin of Jyn Erso’s name isn’t going to be feeding any of those Dark Forces conspiracy theories, sorry.
Rogue One is up for several categories in the VES Awards. It’s also up for a Costume Designers Guild Award.
→ China isn’t that into it:
Rogue One opens softer than The Force Awakens did .
A nice video that shows many of the trailer/commercial shots that weren’t in the final film.
→ /Film takes a look at Darth Vader’s Mustafar digs, including the history, the ground-laying done in Rebels, and the hints that we may see it again fairly soon.
→ At The Verge, Andrew Liptak calls
Mike Stackpole’s X-wing novels the “spiritual ancestor” of Rogue One.
→ And speaking of things revived from the murky
Star Wars past, Force Material is all over the Whills, who’ve been around (vaguely) since the very beginning.
Rogue One has helped push Disney over the $7B global box office mark in 2016 – the first movie studio to do so.
→ DK has
several behind-the-scenes photos | Alternate pun-filled titles for Michael Giacchino’s score | Gareth Edwards on the cameras and technology behind the film.
The weekend box office estimates are in, and
. As predicted, this makes it the second biggest December box office opening of all time – behind only Rogue One has a comfortable lead with $155 million The Force Awakens.
third biggest opening weekend of 2016, following only Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This also makes it the second biggest . (Not taking inflation into account, at least.) Star Wars opening of all time