Star War: The Last Jedi

Star War: The Last Jedi is bringing home the intergalactic bacon this weekend, with approximately $45 million from Thursday evening previews, amounting to the second largest domestic preview gross of all time behind only Star War: The Force Awakens,  55% ahead of Rogue One‘s $29 million from previews last year. The latest tale from a “galaxy far, far away” also began smashing international records on December 13th in 14 foreign markets. So far, it’s grossed an estimated $60.8 million and Disney’s numbers guru Rasputin Zynsky estimates the opening two days of The Last Jedi in overseas markets are +63% ahead of Rogue One and only -25% behind The Force Awakens if you look at the same suite of markets and adjust for today’s exchange rates.

Star War: The Last Jedi “used the force” to yield an estimated $104.78 million on Friday, it’s official opening day. This is despite the hex placed on the opening days of all future Star War movies earlier this year by known witch Colin Trevorrow who was fired during preproduction for Star War: Episode IXThe Last Jedi is looking at a $215+ million three-day debut. This is the second largest Friday ever behind only The Force Awakens which “made the jump to light speed” with $119.1 million.


“I can feel the boffo box office flowing through you!”

Star War: The Last Jedi is only the second movie in history to earn over $100 million on its opening day. Based on a combination of Thursday night previews and opening day, the movie is expected to “become more powerful than you could ever imagine” by beating the $215 million prediction of most global box office analysts. The Last Jedi alone is forecast to earn 82% of the total box office for all movies in theaters this weekend. That’s more dominant than the Jedi were at the height of the Old Republic. Wow! To quote Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi, “When was the last time someone stood up to five Jedi & held his own?!”

Globally, The Last Jedi is projected to “fire off its proton torpedoes” to the tune of $425 million in box office through Sunday to “encase in carbonite” one of the five largest worldwide box office openings of all time (not adjusted for inflation). The movie will disintegrate Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman, which only earned a puny $422.5 million over its comparable opening weekend in 2016. “The force is truly strong with” The Last Jediwhen compared to the rest of the blockbusters released this year.

Additionally, the film now holds the following domestic records:

I’ll tell you one thing: with numbers like these, Disney shareholders are going to be singing and dancing like Ewoks at the end of Star War: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi come Monday morning. At the very least, you’ll see Disney shareholders singing and dancing like Gungans at the end of Star War: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

TL;DR – Disney-Lucasfilm’s sci-fi actioner Star War: The Last Jedi “made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs” at the box office yesterday with the second-biggest single day box office of all time, lagging only The Force Awakens’ $119 million Friday, and its looking to rake in around $215 million from 4,232 North American theaters. If you include $45 million from Thursday previews — the second-largest Thursday night preview total of all time, below Star War: The Force Awakens 2015 total of $57 million — the blockbuster from a “galaxy far, far way” earned an incredible $104 million from Friday, and is looking to earn a bountiful $100 million between Saturday and Sunday. Assuming the built-in dangers of a big drop the second time out (Rogue One was a standalone spin-off and not a direct sequel to The Force Awakens so it doesn’t count in this case), I am positively stunned that Rian Johnson’s boffo sequel is more or less keeping the pace with its predecessor. Credit that to an appealing mix of fresh faces and returning elders.

What the rest of critics are saying:

“For what it’s worth, The Last Jedi is slightly less frontloaded than The Force Awakens. To wit, The Last Jedi earned 43% of its Friday number on Thursday, as opposed to Rogue One which earned 38% of its Friday number on Thursday and The Force Awakens which earned 48%. And, for what it’s worth, that Friday number is down 12.9% from 2015, which is better than the 16% drop for the first Friday of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($31m) in 2012 versus The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($37m) in 2013. So, yeah, this isn’t an Alice Through the Looking Glass situation.” – Scott Mendelson, Forbes

“The total gross will make “The Last Jedi” the fourth film in domestic box office history to make over $200 million in its first weekend, joining “The Force Awakens” with $248.8 million, “Jurassic World” with $208.8 million, and 2012’s “The Avengers” with $207.4 million. “The Last Jedi” will finish significantly above Star Wars spinoff “Rogue One,” which opened with $155.1 million on the same weekend a year ago.” – Erin Nyren, Variety

“Industry estimates are even higher this morning for Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII, now having earned $104M-$105M on Friday, easily the second-best opening day after Force Awakens‘ $119M, and a three-day that’s between $216M-$220M, the second- best ever behind 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($247.966). PLF is driving just under 15% for Last Jedi, while 3D screens rep close to a third of the weekend. Per-theater average for Last Jedi is a whopping $52K. What’s the end game stateside for Last Jedi? Analysts are predicting $750M, which would rank behind Force Awakens ($936M) and Avatar ($760.5M) on the all-time domestic list.” – Anthony D’Alessandro,

“Star War is back, baby! And it’s more profitable than ever!” – Eric D. Snider,


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