The Momentum keeps maintaining its pace as Disney-Lucas film’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” premiered with $45 million on Thursday evening.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” set record for the 2nd largest on Thursday night review gross in North America, tracing only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which made $57 million in 2015.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” had made the 2nd highest with $43 million. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Narrative” started 2016 to $29 million at Thursday night previews.
Advance screening started on Thursday at 6 pm in North America — around 12 hours after Disney publicized it was incurring cost of $52.4 billion for acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets.
On Friday, the movie launches at 4,232 theaters in the U.S.and Canada, with close to 410 Imax screens, 640 premium huge format, 3,600 3D locations, and 212 D-Box locations.
Early observation of audience responses on Thursday night by comScore’s PostTrack discovered that 68% graded “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” as “excellent” and some 21% as “very good.” A total of 82% agreed they would “surely recommend” the movie.
Local tracking for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has maintained $200 million range since November 22nd, when first figure emerged. If that figure stays, “The Last Jedi” would be the 4th largest opening of ever since after “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World,” and “The Avengers.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opened with $248 million in its 1st weekend in 2015 amid huge expectation for the first “Star Wars” movie in 10 years.
It wound up its local run setting a record of $936.7 million. “Rogue One,” the first Star Wars spinoff, opened with $155.1 million in 2016 on Dec. 16-18 and grossed $532.2 million by the time domestic run ended.
Directed by Rian Johnson, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” continued where “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stopped. It features returning cast like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Andy Serkis. The new stars are Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Benicio del Toro.
At this time, there is a forecast for a global opening at $425 million range, which would give “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” the 5th largest worldwide debut of all.
Universal’s “Fate of the Furious” set that pace in April with $541 million, leading “The Force Awakens” by $12 million. “Jurassic World” is 3rd on the list with $525 million, then by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” with $483 million.
“Christmas seems early for an industry (and audience) that has been waiting for 2 years for the coming of the 2nd installment of the new ‘Star Wars’ trilogy as ‘The Last Jedi’ opened in at least 4,000 theaters while enjoying the effect of universal credit from critics, and most importantly, the 1st patrons to shut down the multiplex on Thursday night,” Paul Dergarabedian said, senior media analyst with comScore.
“The film brag a superb level of big-screen sci-fi action thrills, with sufficient pathos and human drama to deem it one of the most captivating films of the year and a deserved follow-up to 2015’s ‘The Force Awakens’ that set a new record for the premiering weekend revenue potential of films released in December,” he added.
Fox is re-programming with its animated family comedy “Ferdinand” — premiering at 3,621 places in North America with forecast of a $15 million opening. The film is particular on the children’s book “The Story of Ferdinand”, directed by Carlos Saldanha, with John Cena takes the voice of the Spanish bull who does not want to fight.
“Ferdianand” earned $350,000 from 2,385 locations in Thursday night previews that started at 5pm.
What a great achievement in the movie industry this year