Star Wars The Last Jedi Dominates The Global Box Office
Star Wars The Last Jedi launched into cinemas worldwide, and as expected it has generated a massive opening weekend. While The Last Jedi has fallen short of 2015's The Force Awakens US opening weekend ($247.9 million), Rian Johnson's sequel has taken an estimated $220 million since its release on Friday.
The exact numbers won't be clear until sometime Monday, but it's an excellent launch and ranks as the second biggest opening weekend of all time. The Last Jedi also joins Avengers, Jurassic World and The Force Awakens as the only movies to enjoy a $200 million-plus debut domestically. The Force was equally strong at the international box office with more than $230 million giving The Last Jedi a global opening weekend more than $450 million.
The Force Awakens went on to join Avatar with a final worldwide gross of more than $2 billion. Naturally, Disney has high hopes for The Last Jedi to match the success of The Force Awakens, but Johnson's film has seen a more divisive response from hardcore Star Wars fans. I'll save the discussion about my thoughts on The Last Jedi for another time; there was a lot I loved, some scenes that made me cry, and more than a few things that bothered me way more than they should. The take home is that Johnson has delivered a hugely entertaining sequel (even if it feels more like a trilogy closer) that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen you can find.
J.J Abrams is returning to co-write and direct the as yet untitled Episode IX which is set to be released December 20, 2019. However, we don't have to wait that long for our next Star Wars fix, Solo: A Star Wars Story is due to touch down in cinemas on May 25, 2018. Ron Howard took over directing the Han Solo spin-off after Disney parted ways with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
We've not had a whiff of a trailer since production completed, and with just five months to go before the proposed release date, the lack of marketing material has caused rumours of a delay to start circulating. For now, those rumours are just speculation, and nothing official is indicating that a release date change is even on the cards. That said, The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi have all enjoyed big December launches, so it wouldn't be a huge surprise if Disney decided to keep the festive date.
The Last Jedi is out now in cinemas.