Star Wars: The Last Jedi Opens Huge, But Trails The Force Awakens

The day has finally come. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in theaters, after premiering Thursday night. Naturally, the latest Star Wars film will be the top-earning movie of the weekend. With the first box office results in, though, there is a better picture of exactly how well The Last Jedi is doing.

According to Deadline, the film grossed $45 million in the United States and Canada on Thursday night, the second-biggest Thursday night gross of all time. That puts The Last Jedi on track to gross over $200 million in its opening weekend alone. That would make it the highest opening weekend of 2017–Beauty and the Beast currently holds the crown with a $174 million debut. However, it trails the opening of Star Wars: The First Awakens, which grossed $247 in its opening weekend. That number stands as the biggest opening weekend of all time.

While The Last Jedi isn’t beating The Force Awakens at the box office, it is grossing much higher than 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The first standalone film in the Star Wars franchise opened to $155 million in the United States and Canada, eventually grossing $523 domestically. Meanwhile, The Force Awakens earned $936 million in its entire domestic run.

Both films crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide, which The Last Jedi should have no problem doing once its theatrical run comes to a close. Considering the movie also has a Metacritic score of 86 and audience reaction group PostTrak says theater goers are giving the film a “definite recommend” rating, The Last Jedi‘s going to do very well. That’s good news for director Rian Johnson, who will next tackle the development of an entirely new Star Wars trilogy to come after Episode IX. Johnson’s next Star Wars films will center on new characters in a different part of the galaxy.

If you’ve already seen The Last Jedi and have questions, GameSpot has you covered. You can check out our coverage of the identity of Rey’s parents, a look at who Snoke is, and any other The Last Jedi spoilers, questions and theories you may have.

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