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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)
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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 [19659008] "This shows what a huge Death Star movie like The Last Jedi [1945] 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."

The maximum (and minimum) full of "Wonders" of the year in movies

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)

Source: comScore

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