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Star Wars: The Last Jedi puts a Force choke on global box office with $494 million haul

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Dec 19, 2017

Look, we all knew that Star Wars: The Last Jedi was going to make a Khetanna-load of moola, but this is ridiculous. According to Variety, after a weekend and a day in theaters, Disney’s latest blockbuster has nearly breached a cool half-a-billion buckaroos in worldwide box office.

The film has now raked in $494 million (and counting) globally, with $241 million in domestic ticket sales and another $253 million internationally.  

We had a feeling something momentous was coming, after initial projections were bested over the film’s opening weekend to the tune of $220 million domestically and $230 million globally from Thursday night through Sunday, making it the fifth highest-grossing global debut of all time. Now Disney and Lucasfilm can add a heckuva lot of Monday receipts to that total, as well: $43.9 million, to be exact.

With $21.6 million in domestic box office, The Last Jedi posted one of the 10 best Mondays ever. And Americans weren’t the only ones enjoying some sci-fi on Monday, as the film also tallied $22.3 million globally, pushing its worldwide take to $253 million. And keep in mind, it hasn’t even opened in at least one giant market, China, where they’ll have to wait until Jan. 5 to catch Episode VIII.

Monday’s totals are even more impressive, considering that just 31% of schoolchildren are on vacation, per Variety. When Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke the Monday record in 2015 with $40.1 million, it greatly benefited from having 77% of kids on winter break already.

The Last Jedi’s box-office numbers will of course continue to rise as repeat viewers go back for more and first-timers begin to enjoy some time off around the holidays. But it will have to remain strong with the box-office Force to stave off a slew of newcomers dropping in the next week, including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Greatest Showman, Father Figures, Downsizing, and Pitch Perfect 3.

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