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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Hits $230 Million at International Box Office

Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Hits $230 Million at International Box Office
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dominated the international box office in its opening weekend with $230 million in 54 markets.

The overseas performance — led by the U.K. with $36.7 million, Germany with $23.6 million and France with $18.1 million — was slightly above sky-high expectations, which had been around $225 million. The openings did not include China, which accounts for 12% of the international market and is scheduled for a Jan. 5 launch.

With a $220 million North American opening, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” posted a $450 million worldwide total in its opening weekend — the fifth highest of all time behind “Fate of the Furious,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opened in first place in all but four markets — Turkey, South Korea, India and Malaysia. It set records for the second biggest launch weekend of all time behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in Australia, Germany
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Posts Second-Largest Opening Ever With $220 Million

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Posts Second-Largest Opening Ever With $220 Million
As expected, “Star Wars” fever has taken the box office by storm as Lucasfilm’s latest installment, “The Last Jedi,” has posted an opening weekend of $220 million from 4,232 screens. That’s the second highest domestic opening of all-time behind the film’s 2015 predecessor, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and a 41 percent jump over the $155 million opening posted by last year’s “Star Wars” movie, “Rogue One.” The film opened with $104.8 million on Friday (including $45 million from Thursday previews), making it only the second film to earn $100 million on opening day. This was followed by $63.7 million...
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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Soars to $220 Million Opening Weekend

Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Soars to $220 Million Opening Weekend
The Force dominated at the box office as Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi" opened with a stellar $220 million weekend at 4,232 North American sites — the second-highest opening weekend of all time.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” finished trails only the $248 million launch of 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The tentpole opened with $104.8 million on Friday (including $45 million from Thursday night previews), followed by $63.7 million on Saturday and a projected $52 million on Sunday.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has become only the fourth movie to top $200 million domestically in its opening frame, joining 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” 2015’s “Jurassic World” with $208.8 million, and 2012’s “The Avengers” with $207.4 million. It will finish the weekend 29% above the “Star Wars” spinoff “Rogue One,” which opened with $155.1 million on the same weekend a year ago.

“Truly in a class by themselves, the movies of the “Star Wars” franchise continue to re-write the history books as to what
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Delivers Second Largest Opening Ever

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Delivers Second Largest Opening Ever
Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivered on expectations, debuting with the second largest opening weekend of all-time and propelling the box office to the third largest weekend ever based on estimates. In an attempt at counter-programming, Fox's Ferdinand got off to a bit of a slow start against the might of Star Wars as well as the continued strong performance of Pixar's Coco as it fell below Mojo's expectations, though the studio is optimistic when it comes to the film's future. With an estimated $220 million, Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivered the second largest opening weekend ever behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which debuted with $247.9 million back in 2015. Last Jedi got off to a strong start on Thursday night with the second largest preview gross ever of $45 million and became only the second film to ever gross over $100 million on opening day resulting in the second largest opening day ever,
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Paul Thomas Anderson Knows What His ‘Star Wars’ Movie Would Be Like: ‘F----ing Over-Long and Depressing’

Paul Thomas Anderson Knows What His ‘Star Wars’ Movie Would Be Like: ‘F----ing Over-Long and Depressing’
Rian Johnson is currently earning critical acclaim for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” with many critics and fans surprised he was able to execute his own vision of what a “Star Wars” movie should be. “The Last Jedi” is nothing like “The Force Awakes,” and Johnson managed to craft a funnier, more character-focused installment of the space franchise.

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Considering Lucasfilm has been at the center of controversy for firing directors over creative and stylistic differences, it’s something of a miracle Johnson was able to do his thing on “The Last Jedi.” But would the company be ready to let other auteurs like Paul Thomas Anderson step into the director’s chair? Probably not anytime soon, but Anderson already knows what his “Star Wars” film looks like.

“It’s fucking over-long and depressing,
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Carrie Fisher’s Dog Gary Recognized His Late ‘Mom’ in ‘The Last Jedi’

Carrie Fisher’s Dog Gary Recognized His Late ‘Mom’ in ‘The Last Jedi’
Carrie Fisher is gone, but not forgotten — especially by her beloved dog Gary. Fisher’s longtime canine companion was taken to see a screening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and recognized his late “mother” when he saw her on screen as General Leia Organa, according to a tweet from Veronica Miracle, an ABC reporter. Gary reportedly watched the recently released “Star Wars” film on Fisher’s former assistant’s lap. Miracle wrote that every time Leia appeared on screen, the pup’s ears perked up. Yeah,
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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend

Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is set to take over the box office in its opening weekend, raking in around $215 million from 4,232 North American sites.

Including $45 million from Thursday previews — the second-largest Thursday night preview total ever, below “Star Wars: The Force Awakens’s” 2015 total of $57 million — the tentpole film brought in $104 million from Friday, and is looking to add over $100 million between Saturday and Sunday.

The total gross will make “The Last Jedi” the fourth film in domestic box office history to make over $200 million in its first weekend, joining “The Force Awakens” with $248.8 million, “Jurassic World” with $208.8 million, and 2012’s “The Avengers” with $207.4 million. “The Last Jedi” will finish significantly above Star Wars spinoff “Rogue One,” which opened with $155.1 million on the same weekend a year ago.
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Blasts to $200 Million-Plus Opening After $104 Million Opening Day

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Blasts to $200 Million-Plus Opening After $104 Million Opening Day
As expected, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is sending the 2017 box office out with a bang, joining its predecessor “The Force Awakens,” as only the second film to make over $100 million on its opening day with $104.7 million from 4,232 screens. Industry estimates currently have Rian Johnson’s sequel making around $215 million for the weekend, making it the second-highest opening of all-time and the fourth $200 million-plus opening alongside “Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World,” and “The Avengers.”$45 million of that opening day total came from Thursday preview screenings, also the second-highest in box office history behind “The Force Awakens.” Also...
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Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated ‘Addams Family’ Movie

Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated ‘Addams Family’ Movie
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” star Oscar Isaac is in talks with MGM to voice Gomez Addams in the animated feature film “The Addams Family.”

Isaac portrays the heroic pilot Poe Dameron in “The Last Jedi.” The rest of the cast for “The Addams Family” has not been unveiled. Conrad Vernon is directing from a screenplay by Pamela Pettler based on Charles Addams’ iconic cartoon series with revisions by Matt Lieberman.

Producers of “The Addams Family” are Gail Berman, Vernon, and Alex Schwartz. Executive producers are Kevin Miserocchi and Andrew Mittman. The Jackal Group is producing with Cinesite Studios providing the computer-generated animation.

MGM announced Friday that it had set an Oct. 11, 2019, release date for the film. The announcement comes seven weeks after MGM and Annapurna Pictures unveiled a new joint venture for theatrical distribution in the U.S. Through this joint venture, MGM expects to release approximately six to eight films per year beginning with Eli Roth
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Win Star Wars: The Last Jedi IMAX Tickets, Funko Figures and More

Win Star Wars: The Last Jedi IMAX Tickets, Funko Figures and More
Fans will finally get to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters during sneak preview screenings across the country tomorrow night, but if you're looking for an IMAX upgrade, then you're in luck. We have a new contest where we're teaming up with IMAX to give away The Last Jedi IMAX tickets, along with some new Funko Pop figures and The Last Jedi t-shirts as well! What could be better than seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi in IMAX, for free? There are probably some things that are better... but not many.

If you aren't among the lucky winners of The Last Jedi tickets, there's still a chance you can take home one of 12 new Funko Pop! Figures including a Porg, Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Bb-8, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), Bb-9E,
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Eyeing $202M-$208M Opening After $97M-$100M Friday – Midday Update

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Eyeing $202M-$208M Opening After $97M-$100M Friday – Midday Update
Early industry estimates have Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi flying to a $202M-$208M opening the third or fourth best of all-time after Force Awakens ($247.966M), Jurassic World ($208.8M) and Marvel’s The Avengers ($207.4M) and the second best December has ever seen after Force Awakens.

Today alone, including last night’s Thursday night previews of $45M, the Rian Johnson-directed Episode VIII is looking between…
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to $60.8 Million in Early International Openings

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to $60.8 Million in Early International Openings
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has launched internationally with a powerful $60.8 million in 48 markets in its first two days.

The Disney-Lucasfilm tentpole began its international run on Dec 13 in 14 markets, followed by an additional 34 territories on Dec. 14, opening in first place in all except for Turkey and South Korea.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” generated the second-largest debut day of all time in Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, and Iceland — behind only 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in each case. The movie was the third-biggest opening day for the U.K. and Norway.

It was also the top 2017 opening day in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.Disney said “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is 63% ahead of last year’s spinoff, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and 25% behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in international markets so far.

Along with the U.
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Storms to Second-Biggest Thursday Preview Ever With $45 Million

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Storms to Second-Biggest Thursday Preview Ever With $45 Million
The Force remains unstoppable as Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opened with $45 million on Thursday night.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” set a record for the second-largest Thursday night preview gross in North America, trailing only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which earned $57 million two years ago. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” had been the second-highest with $43 million. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opened a year ago to $29 million at Thursday night previews.

Previews began Thursday at 6 p.m. in North America — about 12 hours after Disney announced it was spending $52.4 billion to acquire 21st Century Fox assets. On Friday, the film launches at 4,232 theaters in the U.S./Canada, including nearly 410 Imax screens, 640 premium large format, 3,600 3D locations, and 212 D-Box locations.

Early surveys of audience reactions Thursday night by comScore’s PostTrack found that 68% rated “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” as “excellent” and another 21% as “very good.” A
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John Boyega is Stunned Speechless After Interviewer Reveals Massive ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Spoiler — Watch

John Boyega is Stunned Speechless After Interviewer Reveals Massive ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Spoiler — Watch
With two “Star Wars” blockbusters under his belt, John Boyega knows a thing or two about protecting spoilers during interviews and making sure nothing top secret slips from his mouth when he’s answering questions. But what happens when the interviewer just goes ahead and lets loose a massive spoiler? During an appearance on the UK’s “This Morning,” Boyega was left speechless by co-host Holly Willoughby after she revealed something huge about “The Last Jedi.”

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Boyega reprises his role as former Stormtrooper and current Resistance fighter Finn in “The Last Jedi.” The Rian Johnson-directed sequel finds the character teaming up with friend Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and new character Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) to thwart a new threat from The First Order.

We won’t reveal what the huge spoiler is,
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Porgs in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Look Like Puffins for a Very Good Reason

Porgs in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Look Like Puffins for a Very Good Reason
It turns out, the plethora of Porgs seen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” weren’t just created by Disney to sell a ton of merchandise. That’s according to Jake Lunt, “creator concept designer” on Episode VIII, who said the cute new character was created to digitally cover the many puffins on the island where Luke Skywalker had been hanging out all these years. He filled in StarWars.com on the genesis of the Porgs, saying the puffins were a “source of inspiration” for director Rian Johnson: “From what I gathered, Rian had gone to shoot this sequence on Skellig Michael,
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Listen to John Williams’ Score for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally in theaters, which means the wait is over. For a new Star Wars movie, for a new Rian Johnson film, and for a new John Williams score. The latter is notable as Williams has slowed down a bit as of late, so it’s a special treat to get to hear new work from The Master. With The Last Jedi now in theaters, the full Star Wars: The Last Jedi soundtrack is available to stream online. Williams notably sat out of scoring Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Ready Player One, for which duties have …
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Why ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Surpassed Expectations — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast (Screen Talk Episode 177)

Why ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Surpassed Expectations — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast (Screen Talk Episode 177)
It’s been a busy week for the movie business, starting with the most predictable news — the Golden Globes nominations on Monday morning — in addition to the unprecedented sale of Fox’s film and TV properties to Disney, just a few days after “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” reviews landed. All three of those developments have stimulated far-reaching conversations about the art and business of making movies. In the case of the Globes, debate has focused as much on the movies that didn’t get nominated (“The Big Sick”) as the off-the-wall ones that did (“The Greatest Showman”?). But Disney’s new acquisition raises a series of more open-ended questions, from the future of the Marvel universe to the next steps for Fox Searchlight.

With “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” however, one question looms above them all: How did this blockbuster behemoth turn out so good?

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The Sweet Way Star Wars: The Last Jedi Honors the Late Carrie Fisher

There's certainly a bittersweet feeling that accompanies seeing General Leia Organa in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Although Carrie Fisher had finished filming all her scenes for Episode VIII and is peppered generously throughout the film, it's the first franchise installment to be released since the beloved actress tragically passed away last December at the age of 60. While several Star Wars cast members paid tribute to Fisher in the days after her death (including her onscreen brother and "beloved space twin," Mark Hamill), at the end of Episode Xiii, fans get to see an official tribute to Fisher. More specifically, the film is dedicated to her. RelatedWhat Carrie Fisher's Death Means For Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Episode IX As the end credits begin to roll following the final epic scenes of the movie, a few names come and go before the words "In loving memory of our princess,
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Begins Box Office Climb With $45 Million From Thursday Previews

Today’s the day, folks.

December 15th is here and with it comes the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in North America. Buoyed by stellar reviews, the Lucasfilm sequel has been projected for a huge $200m domestic haul, thereby pushing its estimated total close to $425 million. Not bad for an opening weekend, and at least based on the preliminary figures relayed by Forbes, The Last Jedi is well on its way to achieving that historic feat.

Rian Johnson’s ballsy follow-up came out of the blocks strong and managed to collect a whopping $45-50 million from Thursday previews in North America. The final tally is yet to be determined, so that number could scale higher or lower depending on ticket sales and other key variables.

Either way, it’s an impressive debut for Star Wars: The Last Jedi – even if that high-end estimate is still $7 million lower than The Force Awakens,
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: So Let’s Talk about Rey’s Parents

This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. J.J. Abrams, a man who loves the mystery box like no other, set up a pretty big mystery in Star Wars: The Force Awakens with the question of Rey’s parents. Rey, believing they had abandoned her on Jakku, struggled to accept the reality that they were never coming back for her, and audiences struggled to discover who could have spawned such a powerful Force user. The movie was littered with possibilities. At point, Rey hears the voice of Obi-wan Kenobi saying, “These are the first steps,” so …
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