Disney and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has beaten expectations with a near-record $220 million debut in North America over the weekend, the second-best showing of all time and only 11% behind the debut of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” two years ago. Internationally, the film took a further $230 million from 54 markets for a worldwide launch of $450 million (with $40.6 million of it being IMAX).
Director Rian Johnson has continued to do press for the film and has told The Playlist and Collider that there’s plenty of cut footage from the film and he indicates around twenty minutes of them will be included as part of an extensive deleted scenes section on the home video release:
“There’s soooo much stuff we had to cut out of this movie. The movie is better for it, but some of my favorite stand-alone scenes ended up on the cutting room floor. So there’s going to be really a lot of really – I’m going to sound like I’m selling Blu-Rays here, but there’s going to be a lot of really extensive deleted scenes that are included as extras on the home video. I’m excited for folks to see them… we had a lot of really good stuff that got trimmed away for the sake of the whole film during the course of cutting.”
He does say there weren’t any big scenes with Carrie Fisher’s Leia that were cut, and did confirm there’s an extended sequence where Finn and Rose and DJ sneak through the Mega Destroyer, an emotional extra trial/test scene with Rey and Luke, more to the early scene of Poe talking to a just awoken Finn, and an extended sequence with Rey and the nun-like caretakers on the island.
In related news, a new report at Fantha Tracks indicates that the Last Jedi’s follow-up, J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars”: Episode IX,” will sport the working title of “Black Diamond” and be produced under the new company Carbonado. The same site correctly identified the working titles for the current crop of films including Force Awakens’ “AVCO,” Rogue One’s “Los Alamos,” Last Jedi’s “Space Bear,” and Solo’s “Red Cup”.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is now open in cinemas everywhere.