The third Star Wars film under the Disney banner has hit $517 million domestically just 17 days into its release, according to studio estimates Sunday. That vaults Last Jedi past another Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast ($504 million), according to Box Office Mojo.
Last Jedi ($1.04 billion) now sets its sights on surpassing Beauty and the Beast ($1.26 billion) in worldwide gross, too.
Since Disney jump-started the franchise in 2015, all three of its Star Wars films, including The Force Awakens ($2.07 billion) and Rogue One ($1.06 billion) have each hit the billion-dollar mark in global gross.
Last Jedi has the greatest reviewer-audience gulf among live-action Star Wars films on Rotten Tomatoes: a 91 percent certified "fresh" critical score vs. a 51 percent audience score. On Metacritic, the chasm is an 86 average critical score vs. a 4.6 (out of 10) user score.
Writer-director Rian Johnson's film is proving indomitable at the North American box office, though, grossing $52.4 million this weekend to edge out Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($50.5 million).
Disney/Lucasfilm's next Star Wars release, Solo, is due to land in late May - Disney's first summer release in the Skywalker saga.
Overall, the domestic box office topped $11 billion for the third straight year.
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