Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
Welcome to the time of year where Star Wars takes over the film industry. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth installment in the Skywalker Saga, it set to rake in a near record $45 million in Thursday Previews according to early estimates.
For comparison, this would be the second-best preview number in history, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A final number will be released Friday morning, and could come in higher.
The franchise’s ninth film overall is expected to make a domestic haul in the $200+ million range, making it the strongest opening of the year so far. It is currently projected to gross $425 million-plus through Sunday to secure one of the five best worldwide openings of all time, not adjusting for inflation.
In 2015, The Force Awakens took the record and earned $57 million in Thursday previews and ended its opening weekend with a grand total of $247 million domestically. By the end of its theatrical run, it had earned $936.7 million at the domestic box office and ended with a global total of $2.1 billion, making it the third highest grossing film of all time.
In terms of Thursday previews, The Last Jedi looks to overtake the final Harry Potter film, which currently holds the record for the second-best Thursday-night preview gross with $43.5 million.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres everywhere on Friday December 15, 2017.