As we get to the final countdown for the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuts, it would seem that it is going to score big. Disney and Lucasfilm is expecting the second installment of the new Star Wars sequel to bring in a $425+ million by Sunday. While the expectation is huge, bare in mind that this is without their China opening that is slated for January 5th.
The Hollywood Reporter breaks it down like this: “By all accounts, the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens should gross $425 million-plus by Sunday to secure one of the five best worldwide openings of all time, not accounting for inflation. That includes a North American take in the $200 million range, the best opening of the year so far and a feat few movies have achieved. All of Hollywood is counting on The Last Jedi to narrow the year-over gap in domestic revenue, which is currently running roughly 4 percent behind last year’s record $11.4 billion.”
This will bring Disney’s year to a glorious close. The Pixar animated film, Coco, is running $137 million as of Monday. Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok has taken in $302 million by Monday. The release of these three films will definitely give Disney the holiday joy knowing that these films will run through the holiday season.
Warner Bros. has had a good year with the release of Wonder Woman, It, and Dunkirk. However, with the box office disappointment of Justice League, the lead they had coming out of summer has turned into Disney’s luck. Disney, also, had Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Ironically, while they are negotiating purchasing Fox, Ferdinand is the only movie that is opening up against Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It will be interesting to see how the year ends.