Early tracking for Star Wars: The Last Jedi suggests that the movie is going to open huge, and may even give the massive opening weekend for Star Wars: The Force Awakens a run for its money.
The Wrap is currently looking at early estimates for the eighth installment of the Star Wars series could clock in at an incredible $215 million. An opening of that size would be just ahead of the unexpectedly-large $208.8 million haul that Jurassic World took back in Summer 2015 and would make the Star Wars movie the fourth in history to open above $200 million in a mere three days.
The Force Awakens will likely retain its status as the highest-grossing Star Wars movie stateside, as that picture opened to $247.9 million and ended its domestic run at an awe-inspiring $936.6 million, easily making it the highest-grossing movie of all time in the United States when not adjusting for inflation. Box Office‘s report – which uses the same estimate that The Wrap looked at – also estimated that The Last Jedi would end its theatrical run at $742 million, putting that film just behind Avatar‘s $760 million total and making it the third-highest-grossing movie at America’s box office.
It should still be noted that this is an early estimate, as pre-release numbers could increase or decrease depending on how audience interest changes as the film gets closer to hitting the silver screen. For now, an estimate of a $200+ million weekend is fairly realistic, and it will be very interesting to see what kind of legs the movie has following the opening weekend.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will rise on December 15, 2017. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.