The cast members of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, including Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, played the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall in London for the European premiere full of movie stars . (December 13th)
Tensions are high when Finn (John Boyega, left) fights Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) in & # 39; Star Wars: The Last Jedi & # 39 ;. The movie approaches $ 400 million at the national box office. (Photo: Lucasfilm)
The Last Jedi takes the Force to box office 2017, and just in time.
The December star performance of the eighth movie Star Wars will inject about $ 500 million into this year's totals, according to Paul Dergarabedian, senior media badyst for the comScore industrial tracker.
That will be enough to drive the lagged US box office to more than $ 11 billion, even if 2017 will end up 2.5% from the record $ 11.4 billion in 2016.
& # 39; Star Wars: The Last Jedi & # 39; repeats in n. 1 with $ 69M at the box office
2016 final: The box office reached a record high of $ 11.37B in 2016, surpbading the great success of 2015  "This shows what a huge Death Star movie like The Last Jedi  9031] can do: it can change fortunes for the box office year overnight," says Dergarabedian. "We needed this film to avoid a crushing defeat, and we needed it now."
The return of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) was a great attraction for fans of & # 39; Star Wars & # 39; in & # 39; The Last Jedi & # 39; (Photo: Lucasfilm Ltd)
This is the third year in a row that The Star Wars movies have brought important year-end increases, and they are pushing the box office every time to previously unseen levels of $ 11 billion.
The launch of Force Awakens & # 39; mbadive $ 652 million in December 2015 allowed the first year of $ 11 billion. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story & # 39; s $ 408 million in December 2016 drove the current record.
"December had never been a hotbed of blockbuster openings until the new era Star Wars movies, which have redefined what's possible," says Dergarabedian. " The Last Jedi is no exception."
Scott Mendelson, box office badyst at Forbes, says he was impressed by the 2017 offers from the start, with well-received films like the chilling January ($ 138 million), the thematic publication February February ($ 175 million) and the March Beauty and the Beast (current champion of the year at $ 504 million).
But the multiplexes were crushed by the lowest summer in 20 years ($ 3.8 billion), the first time the movie-friendly season has not been broken. the mark of $ 4 billion since 2006.
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There were great jokes of summer as the Valerian of Luc Besson and the City of a Thousand Planets ($ 41 million) and the daptation of Stephen King The Dark Tower ($ 51 million). R-rated comedies like The House ($ 26 million) and Rough Night ($ 22 million) also collapsed.
But Mendelson argues that there were quality summer offers like the Oscar-contender Dunkerque ($ 188 million). He speculates that the season could have suffered a "hangover" from the public in the "feared" summer of bad food of 2016.
& # 39; Dunkerque & # 39; Christopher Nolan turned out to be the rare summer success of the caliber of an Oscar. (Photo: Warner Bros Pictures via AP)
Smaller films had an impact and restored confidence in the theater with modestly budgeted, critically admired, and slow successes such as comedy The Big Sick ( $ 43 million) and the heist movie Baby Driver ($ 108 million).
"The movies they clicked on really stayed," says Mendelson.
Horror also contributed a lot. The adaptation of King & # 39; s It ($ 327 million) took September to a record month. Annabelle: Creation ($ 102 million) and Happy Day of Death ($ 56 million) joined Split and Get Out in One year of banner when the horror got more than $ 1 billion.
An influx of important comics book films also combine forces: Logan ($ 226 million), Justice League ($ 223 million), Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 ($ 390 million), Spider-Man: Homecoming ($ 334 million), Thor: Ragnarok ($ 309 million) and Wonder Woman ($ 413 million)).
" Star Wars saved the day in 2017," says Dergarabedian. "But I could not have it without modestly budgeted horror movies and big-budget superhero movies."
The final figures of the year are expected for January 2.
TOP 10 MOVIES OF 2017 (total box office in millions, until December 25)
1. Beauty and the Beast ($ 504)
2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($ 424)
3. Wonder Woman ($ 413)
4. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 ($ 390)
5. Spider-Man: Homecoming ($ 334)
6. It is ($ 327)
7. Thor: Ragnarok ($ 309)
8. Despicable Me 3 ($ 265)
9. Logan ($ 226.3)
10. The Fate of the Furious ($ 226)
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