Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Anaheim, CA, United States (4E) – Star Wars: The Last Jedi (also known as Star Wars: Episode VIII-The Last Jedi) raked in an estimated $220 million in the American box office from Dec. 15 to 17, making it the top grossing movie in the U.S. and Canada over that period.
Internationally, the movie earned an estimated $450 million.
With Luke Skywalker as its hero, The Last Jedi had its world premiere in Los Angeles on Dec. 9 and was released in the United States on December 15. The eighth episode in the iconic tale of good, evil and sorcery in galaxies far, far away, also became the highest grossing debut of the year.
The Last Jedi is also the second biggest U.S. debut of all time, behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” its predecessor, released in 2015.
These numbers, however, don’t include China, where the movie opens Jan. 5. China is the world’s second largest film market behind North America.
And, for good measure, The Last Jedi will be shown aboard at the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting the Earth at an altitude of between 330 km and 435 km. No news as to when the movie will premier aboard the ISS, which is crewed by six astronauts of Expedition 54.
Two years ago, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” was shown aboard the ISS.
The Last Jedi has received largely positive reviews and is being praised as one of the greatest movies of the year. IMDb gave it 8.1/10; Rotten Tomatoes 93% and Roger Ebert 4/4.
Some consider The Last Jedi the best film of the Star Wars franchise since The Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980. A sequel to The Last Jedi, provisionally titled “Star Wars: Episode IX,” is scheduled for release on Dec. 20, 2019.
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