Expected to make $95M-$100M on opening day.
Disney has announced Star Wars: The Last Jedi earned $45 million in Thursday night screenings, making for the second-biggest preview in the history of the North American box office.
As reported by Deadline, director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars film is expected to make between $95 million and $100 million on opening day, including its Thursday preview earnings. If analysts estimates prove true, The Last Jedi will also have the second-biggest opening day of all time, trailing The Force Awakens $119.1 million debut.
According to Disney, The Last Jedi’s $45 million preview total is 55 percent ahead of Rogue One’s $29 million figure and The Force Awakens’ $57 million record high.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is on track to eclipse its projected $200 million domestic debut with an opening weekend that reportedly could climb as high as $210 million. The Force Awakens currently holds the record for the biggest domestic opening weekend ($247.97 million), which is followed by Jurassic World ($208.8 million) and Marvel’s The Avengers ($207.4 million).
Based on industry projections earlier this week, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is on track to make between $424 million and $440 million in its worldwide debut. For our thoughts on what is the longest Star Wars film yet, check out IGN’s spoiler-free Star Wars: The Last Jedi review.
If you’ve already had a chance to see the film, check out our spoiler-filled discussion about The Last Jedi’s ending.
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