Star Wars: The Last Jedi Projecting One of the Highest Grossing Opening Weekends Ever

Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Rey, The Last Jedi movie poster

It's no mystery that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is going to have one of the most biggest opening weekends of all time, but just how big?

According to BoxOffice.com, the latest Star Wars film in the franchise is expected to gross $215 million in the United States, just over the opening weekend. Duh! But this is still quite a bit less than The Force Awakens' opening weekend which pulled in $247 million nationwide, so why the cut?

The Force Awakens was the first Star Wars film released in about a decade, so of course, fans were interested to see how the story was going to unfold with the new plotline and characters involved. BoxOffice.com also predicted that The Last Jedi would end it's U.S. run at $760 million, well below The Force Awakens' total domestic haul of $936.6 million.

Collider predicts that The Last Jedi will benefit from the "family component" of the film, seeing as how we now have characters from multiple eras and generations that will be fully introduced into this chapter of the saga. We'll get to see characters like Luke Skywalker from the original trilogy and Snoke in the next film. The film also has Rian Johnson in its favor for directing the extremely well-made travel movie Looper and some of the best Breaking Bad episodes on television.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Finn and Captain Phasma battle

Worldwide, The Force Awakens raked in $2.06 billion, putting it in third place for highest-grossing movie in history. Ahead were James Cameron's Titanic at $2.18 billion and Avatar at $2.78 billion.

Don't forget that The Last Jedi tickets are on sale. Star Wars: The Last Jedi releases in theaters on December 15, 2017.
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