The force is indeed strong with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Despite some audience members harrumphing over the latest installment of the Star Wars saga, Episode VII has topped Deadline’s list of the most profitable blockbusters of 2017.
By Deadline’s calculations, the Rian Johnson-directed Star Wars film raked in $995.8 million in net revenue against $578.3 million in total expenses, netting Disney $417.5 million in profit.
Now, it’s true that The Last Jedi was not nearly as profitable as its predecessor, the J.J. Abrams-helmed Force Awakens (that movie netted a profit of $780.1 million). But let’s not forget that The Force Awakens was relaunching the entire series, so it had a bit of a leg up on The Last Jedi, to say the least. Plus, the films aren’t in competition with one another, so a win for one film is a win for both. And finally, let’s also not forget that massive profit is massive profit.
Regardless, the profitability of both films – as well as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – is showing that Disney’s $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm continues to pay off. In fact, those three films have earned back 40 percent of the purchase price. And Disney still has Solo: A Star Wars Story coming out this Memorial Day weekend and Star Wars: Episode IX due December 2019. So, let’s see if they can keep milking this cash cow. (We’re not clairvoyant or anything, but we predict that they probably can.)