While “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” did not gross as much as its predecessor, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the global box office, it still made a crap ton of money.
Nearing the end of its run, “The Last Jedi” is currently the 9th highest grossing movie of all time, worldwide, having grossed more than $US 1.3 billion.
However, one country does not seem that interested in “Star Wars” movies — China! As it stands, “The Last Jedi” has grossed around $US 42.5 million in China. Now, $US 42.5 million may seem like a lot of money (okay, who am I kidding, it is a lot of money) but not when you compare it to the likes of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” ($US 320 million), “The Fate of the Furious” ($US 392 million) and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($US 240 million).
Over the years, China’s box office has become almost as important as the US. You can check out the list of movies, Hollywood or otherwise, that have made a truckload of money in China, here. It would appear that “Star Wars” movies simply do not resonate with the Chinese audience. “The Force Awakens” kick started the new age of “Star Wars” with decent enough numbers, grossing over $US 124 million at the Chinese box office. However, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” took a major dive, grossing merely $US 69 million. It looks like China is simply losing interest in stories about laser swords wielded by peeps in hobo outfits.
What’s even more interesting is that Indian movie, “Secret Superstar” starring and produced by Aamir Khan is crushing it big time. As of right now, “Secret Superstar” has grossed over $US 109 million over at the Chinese box office. That is a whopping $US 66 million more than “The Last Jedi”. Heck, “Secret Superstar” made more money in China than it did in India itself ($US 14 million).
Over the past three years or so, Aamir Khan has proven himself to be one of the biggest movie stars in the world. His previous film, “Dangal”, is the highest grossing Indian film of all time ($US 330 million) — it made more than $US 193 million in China alone.
Source: Box Office Mojo