Star Wars: The Last Jedi is officially the biggest box office hit of 2017

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Dec 31, 2017

On the last weekend of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi squeaked into first place as the number one box-office hit of 2017 -- continuing the film's domination.

It looks like the Force is with Rian Johnson's foray into the Star Wars franchise. On the final weekend of 2017, The Last Jedi earned $52.4 million at the box office, bringing the domestic total for the film (which has only been in theaters for a few weeks) to $517 million. That whopping total surpassed the previous top box-office film of the year, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, which has raked in about $504 million.

But wait, The Last Jedi is also a hit globally. The film just surpassed $1 billion, making it the third-biggest release of the year in the galaxy. These huge numbers for The Last Jedi are partly why it's been said that Disney has already made back the money they spent buying Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4.06 billion. Oh, and the film doesn't open in China until January 5, 2018. So there's still plenty of money to be made.

With The Last Jedi still holding strong in first place at the box office, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will come in second for the weekend, with about $50.6 million. These last-minute box-office hits have helped 2017 pass $11 billion box-office total for the year, making it the third-best box-office year ever.

Let's hope 2018 brings continued box-office successes.

(via EW)