“Last Jedi” Headed For $215M Opening

The first long range box office projections for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” are in with the Rian Johnson-directed saga entry targeting an opening of around $215 million according to Box Office Pro.

That’s enough for it to be the second highest opening weekend of all time, behind only its predecessor “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which opened to $247 million ahead of a total worldwide gross of $2 billion. The site also estimates ‘Last Jedi’ will take in a domestic gross of $742 million.

Long range projections also tend to underestimate results, especially as awareness increases for general audiences who aren’t necessarily “Star Wars” nuts or movie fans.

The projections come as Johnson recently confirmed to THR that he’s not involved in ‘Episode IX’ in any way: “J.J. Abrams is doing a third movie. I’m not involved in it. They’ll be writing their own story but continuing on with what we did.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” arrives on December 15th.