‘Star Wars’ rides high as Disney celebrates another $6b year

4 January, 2018 12:00 AM printer

‘Star Wars’ rides high as Disney celebrates another $6b year

The latest episode in the iconic “Star Wars” space saga finished the year on top of the domestic box office, data confirmed Tuesday, contributing to a second best-ever year for Disney.

“The Last Jedi” earned $66.8 million over the four-day holiday weekend in North America, for a $531.5 million domestic total since its opening three weeks ago, said industry watcher Exhibitor Relations.

Disney announced on Sunday that the movie had passed the $1 billion mark worldwide after just three weeks, and the latest figures cement its position as 2017’s most successful film in North America ahead of another Disney property, “Beauty and the Beast” ($504 million).

“The Last Jedi” stars Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and two members of the series’ original cast, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and the late Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia.

Its domestic earnings come on top of an international take estimated at $534.8 million, Disney said in a statement Tuesday.

The entertainment giant—which owns live-action and animation divisions as well as Pixar, Marvel and “Star Wars” producer Lucasfilm—added that its $6.5 billion global total for 2017 had given the company its second biggest year ever and the third largest in history.

It is the second consecutive year Disney has surpassed the $6 billion mark.