Another year and another ‘Star Wars’ movie looks set to break a whole load of box-office records when it is released.
‘The Last Jedi’ which releases on December 14th in the UK will be competing with it’s predecessor ‘The Force Awakens’ and while some think an opening weekend gross over $555 million for The Last Jedi is too optimistic, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that The Last Jedi has the ability to surpass this.
The hugely popular nature of the Star Wars franchise means that almost anything released under the Star Wars name will do well at the box office as we saw with ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ which sits at number 13 on the list of all-time opening weekends.
Somewhat sadly, interest in the film has grown since the terrible news of Carrie Fisher’s death broke in December 2016. Fisher’s iconic character Leia was rumoured to form part of an important story line through to Episode IX and as a result of her passing, key plot points have needed to be changed. Fisher had reportedly finished her filming schedule for ‘The Last Jedi’.
Another key factor in terms of box office is the clever release date of each Star Wars instalment. Moving to a December release means that Star Wars will dominate the Christmas box office, with very few films willing to compete against it for tickets due to the sheer scope of Star Wars pulling power.
‘The Last Jedi’ will also bring resolution to several unanswered questions, is Rey the ‘last jedi’ or is it Luke Skywalker? How are the two linked and where does Kylo Ren fit into it all? It’s these questions that will draw fans of the franchise and of The Force Awakens back to the cinema.
Last but not least, don’t underestimate the fans who will certainly return for more than one viewing of the film. From midnight screenings to several viewings over the course of the weekend, Star Wars super-fans will no doubt return time and time again to pick up on anything they may have missed first time around.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi looks set to be yet another record-breaker!