|Directed by||:||Rian Johnson||Produced by||:||Kathleen Kennedy, Ram Bergman||Based on||:||Characters by George Lucas||Starring||:||Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis||Production company||:||Lucasfilm Ltd.||Country||:||United States|
6 Reasons 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' May Make $750M Less Than 'Force Awakens'
With the theatrical release winding down, it looks like Star Wars: The Last Jedi will end its run with over/under $625 million in North America and a touch over $1.3 billion worldwide. This will make The Last Jedi the fifth highest-grossing movie domestic and the ninth highest-grossing movie internationally.There has been plenty of handwringing about whether this performance was good enough or big enough. The big lesson is that Star Wars is not invincible and it is not immune to outside variables. So, with that said, I wanted to touch on just why the film will end up with around 34% less domestic and approximately 36% less worldwide than The Force Awakens.
Star Wars gonna Star Wars.
As I noted way before it was cool, the "part 2" Star Wars movies tend to make around 30-32% less than the "part 1" Star Wars movies. This applies to The Empire Strikes Back ($209 million versus Star Wars' $307m domestic gross), Attack of the Clones ($302m versus The Phantom Menace's $431m domestic gross) and now The Last Jedi (around $625m versus The Force Awakens' $937m domestic gross). The good news is that "part 3" Star Wars movies (Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith) tend to go up by around 20-22% from part 2, so it's possible that Episode IX will earn about $750m-$765m in North America when it opens in December 2019.