Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is poised to make a big splash at the box office this week. The film officially debuts on Friday, but the early reviews have lavished praise on the latest entry in the Star Wars saga, calling it one of the best in the series. Those high marks look to translate to big box office earnings.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently predicted to make $425 million over its opening weekend, putting it squarely in the pantheon of the five highest-grossing worldwide film openings of all time (without adjusting for inflation). The Hollywood Reporter says the North American opening is predicted to rake in $200 million, with other major territories filling out the total.
The comparison to J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then the first new Star Wars film to be released in a decade, is a natural one. The Force Awakens enjoyed a $529 million opening weekend, making it the second most successful global opening of all time.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens Dec. 15 and stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux and Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma.
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