Magazine article Screen International

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' to Become Biggest 2017 North American Release This Weekend

Magazine article Screen International

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' to Become Biggest 2017 North American Release This Weekend

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Sci-fi tentpole to reach $1bn milestone at weekend; hits $80m in UK, $50m in Germany, $40m in France.

DECEMBER 29 UPDATE: Sci-fi smash Star Wars: The Last Jedi needs to deliver at least $39.4m this weekend to overtake Beauty And The Beast and end the year as the highest North American release of 2017.

Heading into its third weekend it seems almost certain Lucasfilm’s sci-fi tentpole will achieve the feat by Sunday, if not Saturday, and overtake the $504m final score established by its Disney stablemate. It added $19.4m in North America through Buena Vista on Thursday (December 28) to reach $464.6m.

The film has reached $934.2m worldwide following a $42.1m Thursday gross, while the international running total climbed $22.7m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International to $469.6m.

The eighth episode in the 40-year franchise has grossed $80.6m in the UK, $54.3m in Germany, $40.2m in France, $33.7m in Japan, $31.7m in Australia, and $18.2m in Spain.

Brazil has produced $14.8m, Italy $14.6m, Russia $12.6m, Mexico $11.5m, Sweden $11m, Poland $9.4m, Denmark $8. …

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