The Force is going to be strong with Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The latest chapter in the Star Wars saga is opening this Friday worldwide, and it is expected to take in an insane amount of money at the box office. Disney and Lucasfilm are expecting a worldwide cume of at least $425 million. The U.S. will provide at least $200 million of that sum. Those early numbers place it as the fifth highest worldwide opening ever and third highest domestic opening. But keep in mind that The Last Jedi’s total opening may be higher.
Disney is trying to limit the lofty expectations The Last Jedi is bound to fall for in a comparison with The Force Awaken’s numbers. Even for the impressive numbers The Last Jedi puts up, it will still fall short of its predecessor by a substantial margin. In 2015, The Force Awakens opened with $529 million worldwide gross, $248 million of which came from the U.S. At the time, it was the biggest opening ever. Since then, the worldwide record has been eclipsed (by The Fate of the Furious) but the domestic figure still stands to this day.
This has nothing to do with The Last Jedi as a movie and everything to do with the pent up demand for a Star Wars movie back in 2015.
Even so, The Last Jedi will still perform outlandishly well this upcoming weekend. The anticipated $200+ million domestic opening will only be the third time that has ever happened. It’s already earning glowing feedback from people who caught early screenings and some early reviews rave about the movie.
We’ll see for ourselves what the fuss is all about when Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens this Friday.