Star Wars: The Last Jedi

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' will be a force but likely not enough to lift box office sales over last year

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' will be a force but likely not enough to lift box office sales over last year

The North American box office is projected to be down at least 2% from the record set in 2016, despite the surely astronomical performance of the Walt Disney Co.’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Ticket sales in the United States and Canada are estimated to clock in at $10.95 billion to $11.15 billion, according to ComScore, a data firm that tracks box office.

That means industry revenue would be down 2% to 4% from last year’s $11.38-billion total.

The yearly decline reflects a film business that has failed to recover from a poor summer movie season peppered by major flops, raising questions about...

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