Last Jedi set for second highest opening weekend ever

Megan Davies
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From Digital Spy

Its release may be two months away, but box office analysts are already tipping Star Wars: The Last Jedi to have one of the biggest US box office opening weekends of all time.

In a year that's already seen the likes of Fast & Furious 8 and Wonder Woman open with a massive $98.8 million and $103.3 million respectively in their first weekends at the US box office, The Last Jedi is expected to blow those figures out of the water – and that's with Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League still to be released.

Yep, Box Office Pro is predicting that The Last Jedi will open Stateside with $215 million in its first weekend, which puts it slightly behind 2015's The Force Awakens' actual opening weekend total of $238 million to become the second highest opening weekend ever.

And we're not talking about small change here, so no pressure Rian Johnson, but a lot of people are planning on watching this.

Photo credit: Lucasfilm

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Last week, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson revealed that he'll be having nothing to do with Star Wars: Episode 9.

"JJ Abrams is doing a third movie," he said. "I'm not involved in it. They'll be writing their own story but continuing on with what we did."

Abrams will then no doubt be hoping to repeat his box office opening weekend success with his sequel after taking the project over from Colin Trevorrow.

The Last Jedi sees stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac reprise their roles, while Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran are all joining the franchise.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits cinemas on December 16. Watch a trailer below:

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