Star Wars: The Last Jedi set to bring in $1billion worldwide at box office after New Year weekend

Star Wars: The Last Jedi set to rake in $1billion at box office
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to become the highest grossing film of the year after New Year’s weekend (Picture: Disney)

Disney‘s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to become the biggest film of 2017, raking in over $1 billion at the global box office.

The movie has been a worldwide success, despite dividing a few fans of the long-running franchise.

But, with New Year a traditionally busy period for the film industry, it seems the latest film in the revived franchise will end the year in notable style.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is set to ‘eclipse Beauty and the Beast ($1.26 billion) to rank as the top-grossing release of 2017 globally.’

Meanwhile, Mark Hamill recently revealed the ‘fundamental differences’ he allegedly had with director Rian Johnson, stating that he did not like the direction that his character was taking as Luke seemingly ‘gives up’, something which Mark doesn’t believe a Jedi would ever do.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson reveals he was 'intimidated' by Mark Hamill
Rian was intimidated by Mark Hamill to start with (Picture: Getty)

But after Rian admitted that he felt ‘intimidated’ by Hamill’s presence on set – and the Luke Skywalker actor faced increased backlash over his comments – Hamil has now said that he ‘regrets’ his comments made in the wake of the film’s release.

Mark plays Luke Skywalker in the long-running franchise but he had previously spoken of his concerns after reading the script and believing that Luke had ‘given up’.

He also went on to suggest that the character is no longer ‘my Luke Skywalker’ but that he had to do what Rian asked in order to ‘serve the story well’.

Those quotes, in which he said that he claimed that he and Rian had ‘a fundamental difference’ between them and that the ‘crux’ of his problem was that Luke was being written in a certain way to fit the ending of the film, have now been used by many as an example of Mark considering the film not a true Star Wars film – an opinion taking hold as the backlash from a section of hardcore Star Wars fans continues.

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