Star Wars is back with a vengeance. The first two installments have already returned Disney’s investment in purchasing the franchise.
(The Hollywood Reporter) Billion-Dollar 'Jedi'
Disney's rebooted Star Wars franchise has crossed an important milestone, Pamela McClintock notes:
From the get-go, Wall Street analysts lauded The Walt Disney Co.'s decision in 2012 to buy Lucasfilm — home of George Lucas' Star Wars franchise — despite a high price tag of $4.06 billion.
They weren't wrong in their enthusiasm for Disney chairman/CEO Bob Iger's empire building: Combined, Disney and Lucasfilm's The Last Jedi, Rogue One and The Force Awakens have surpassed $4.06 billion in ticket sales at the worldwide box office, covering the cost of the acquisition. The feat comes as The Last Jedi nears $940 million at the worldwide box office. Full story.