The Force is seriously powerful financially, with Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi
” tracking to deliver about $425 million worldwide in its opening weekend.
More than a dozen international markets will open Wednesday, led by France and Italy along with Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey
, Indonesia, Philippines, and Taiwan. On Thursday, key markets include Germany, the U.K., Australia, Korea, Russia, Brazil, and Mexico.
Previews begin at 6 p.m. Thursday in North America. On Friday, the domestic launch will take place at about 4,175 theaters in the U.S./Canada including nearly 410 Imax screens, 640 premium large format, 3,600 3D locations, and 212 D-Box locations. The total will be slightly higher than last year’s “Rogue One
: A Star Wars
Story,” which opened at 4,157 locations.
The largest Thursday night
preview gross in North America is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens
” with $57 million two years ago. “Rogue One
” opened with $29 million in Thursday night