NME Festival blog: ‘The Last Jedi’ opens over the weekend with second highest figures ever

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ has been the talk of this weekend and the numbers prove it: the eighth chapter in the franchise nearly broke opening weekend records.

Potentially the product of a strong critical reception, ‘The Last Jedi’ pulled together a strong $450 million in tickets worldwide. In the US alone it collected an estimated $220 million.

This, as the NY Times reports, is the second highest in history by an $8 million margin. 2015’s ‘The Force Awakens’ still has the biggest opening weekend on record.

Read more: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ – Film Review

Dave Hollis, a representative of Disney marketing said: “The result we got is a reflection on [director] Rian Johnson, who delivered a satisfying fan experience. Word of mouth has been enormous”.

Rian Johnson will be directing three more Star Wars movies once the sequel trilogy is tied up with J.J Abrams’ episode nine.

Meanwhile, a real life follower of the Jedi religion has given his verdict on the new edition to the saga.

Daniel Jones is the co-founder of the Church of Jediism, a religious movement he started with his brother Barnet, back in 2008. He said of ‘The Last Jedi’: “It’s constant edge-of-your-seat excitement. You just couldn’t relax. You know in ‘The Phantom Menace’ they would go to Tatooine and just bugger about? There was never any of that.”


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