The box office success of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is just what Walt Disney Studios needed to cross the $6B mark for the year. It is expected to hit that milestone today, making it the first and only studio to reach this milestone twice and to have done so in consecutive years. With a $610.5M take (and climbing) from The Last Jedi, 2017 is now Disney’s second best year ever, surpassing the 2015 total of $5.845B. It also marks one of the biggest in the history of…
This year’s upsides at the domestic box office won’t be enough to offset the summer and October shortfalls, which will likely leave 2017 short of surpassing last year’s $11.4 billion record. Yes, even with Star Wars: The Last Jedi on marquees.
Even though the Thanksgiving 5-day stretch at $270.4M was the third best ever, +4% over last year, year to date with $9.7B we still lag 4% behind the January-November period of 2016. Sources say it will take a miracle to make up…