Mark Hamill took to Twitter on Tuesday, the day after Christmas, to apologize for the smack-talking he put out to the universe about the direction of his character, Luke Skywalker, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It has also managed to pass $800 million worldwide and is projected to make as much as $1.6 billion globally. "That's never really happened in Star Wars before". That earned $14 million. That compares with a mere 40 percent drop for Force Awakens, which grossed $149.2 million in its second outing over the December 25-27 weekend in 2015.
Audiences have been more disgruntled, giving The Last Jedi a 52% approval score on RottenTomatoes. Rogue One had less to fall from after debuting to $155.1 million.
While this may invite comparison to The Force Awakens, the rollout for both films had a major difference. The film earned approximately $27.5 million on Christmas Day from North American theaters with $14.8 million more hailing from its global release.
Box-office observers note that The Last Jedi got dinged in terms of its weekend-over-weekend drop by Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday this year, a day when traffic always slows.More news: Nintendo's Arms Gets Its Last New Character
Through Christmas Day, The Last Jedi was trailing Force Awakens by almost $175 million in North America at the same point in their runs.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened the weekend in first place according to box office haul, not just in South Africa, but also in North America and another 53 territories ranging from Iceland and Australia to Norway, and from New Zealand to Switzerland. All I wanted was to make good movie.