In news that shocked both analysts and film-goers alike, Disney‘s decision to buy Lucasfilm has continued to pay off, as their new Star Wars films have passed the $4 billion mark at the box office.
With The Last Jedi entering its third weekend, the film is hot on its way to grossing a billion. The latest Star Wars film has already grossed $934.2 million globally, which breaks down into $464.6 million domestically and $469.6 internationally. This pushed the franchise’s gross past $4.06 billion since 2015. 2015’s The Force Awakens brought the series back to the tune of $2.068 billion globally, and it remains the highest-grossing film of all time in North America. 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story made $1.056 billion globally in its theatrical run. The Last Jedi is expected to out-gross Rogue One, but ultimately not pass The Force Awakens. It will eventually become the highest-grossing movie of 2017.
Passing $4.06 billion is significant because that’s the same amount that Disney bought Lucasfilm for in 2012. The films haven’t made that much purely in profit, as they’ve all had budgets exceeding $200 million. But taking other factors, such as merchandising, into account, the purchase has been well worth Disney‘s money already.
If you’re in the mood to further contribute to that already massive amount of cash, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is playing in theaters now.