Which of the movies released after the original trilogy fared the best (and worst) with filmgoers?
A “CinemaScore” is the letter grade domestic filmgoers assign to a movie in audience exit polling opening night. It’s been a barometer by which Hollywood has gauged how their movies will perform at the box office for many years now, but it has become, in the digital age, an even more talked about facet in how studios and the media respond to a movie’s performance.
Although CinemaScore has existed since 1978, they don’t have scores recorded for the original Star Wars trilogy (Episodes IV-VI); they only have CinemaScores recorded from the prequels through to The Last Jedi.
Given how highly critics have rated the franchise’s latest installment (Star Wars: The Last Jedi is certified fresh at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes) versus how bitterly divisive it’s proving among hardcore Star Wars fans (a mere 57% audience score on RT), you would think The Last Jedi’s CinemaScore would reflect that more negative audience response.
But as you can tell from the film’s CinemaScore (included in the slideshow below), general audiences have graded The Last Jedi on par with Lucasfilm’s other recent Star Wars offerings and ahead of George Lucas’s prequel trilogy:
And for more on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, check out our review, discover all the Easter Eggs and references we caught in the film, enjoy our SPOILERCAST breaking down what we liked and disliked about Episode VIII, find out what our six biggest WTF questions upon watching the film, and delve into our explainer piece analyzing the film’s dramatic ending.