‘Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi’ continues to rake in the money for Lucasfilm. Now, the movie has not only reached a major milestone by grossing over $1B before even being released in the China market, but it has also led ‘Star Wars’ to a new victory – surpassing the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise.
The ‘Harry Potter’ franchise is made up of the eight original ‘Harry Potter’ films, and the first ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movie with four sequels to follow. As of December 31, 2017, the ten theatrically released ‘Star Wars’ movies have successfully amassed $8,556,678,930 compared to ‘Harry Potter’s’ $8,539,253,704 total.
As of last weekend, ‘The Last Jedi’ added an estimated $52,446,000 from the United States and Canada and an estimated $53,700,000 from other markets, bringing the total to an estimated $517,144,228 domestic and an estimated $523,300,000 international.
It should be noted that some of the numbers have a lot to do with the holidays. The weaker-than-expected second weekend for ‘The Last Jedi’ could have been the result of people travelling ahead of Christmas Day. Box offices tend to see a surge in revenue on Christmas Day that ultimately lasts until New Year’s Day, and will see a drop again once people head back to school and work.
With ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ currently set for a May 25, 2018 release date with no signs of a delay, alongside the revenue ‘The Last Jedi’ still has yet to pull in, and ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ aiming for a November 16, 2018, release, it would prove difficult for the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise to pull ahead of ‘Star Wars’ again.
This doesn’t mean ‘Star Wars’ will take the #1 spot when it comes to revenue, though. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is holding tight to that trophy, especially now that the Disney-Fox merger means more material for the MCU. With franchises like ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Harry Potter’ releasing one movie each year, it is hard to top Marvel’s model (which grew from $10.9B last year to $13.5B this year, with ‘Thor: Ragnarok’) of releasing several different films throughout the year.
So whether you’re a Potterhead or you feel more at home in the Galaxy Far, Far Away, you’re in good company! Don’t miss ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ in theaters now!