Disney’s 2012 purchase of Lucasfilm and their properties for $4.06 billion has (unsurprisingly) paid off. Per THR, the new films made under Disney’s supervision, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, have made more than $4 billion in ticket sales.
As THR points out, that figure doesn’t account for the costs to produce and market those films, but that isn’t to take away from that hefty number. Just three movies in, and the Star Wars franchise is already re-establishing its box-office dominance, and supporting Disney’s vice grip on the industry.
According to the report, The Last Jedi, which released in theaters two weeks ago, has already made over $900 million, inching near that $1 billion mark. The film has been divisive (even for one of its biggest stars), but the Star Wars brand is near untouchable at this point.
It can only get better for Disney, with a pending acquisition of 21st Century Fox and its assets. The next Star Wars films include Solo on May 25, 2018 and Star Wars: Episode IX on Dec. 20, 2019, but expect this franchise to keep rolling out long after we’re all dead and buried.