Star Wars makes huge global opening
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This past weekend, the Star Wars franchise released their new movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The movie, obviously, had a lot of hype going into it, coming from one of the most popular series of all time.
The film exceeded box office projections, which had it to make around $420-440 million. The movie ended up making over $450 million in its opening weekend, the fifth biggest worldwide opening in movie history, slightly behind its predecessor, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which made $529 million in its worldwide opening weekend. Now, just a week after it was released, the movie has made almost $575 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.
Reception of the film has been fairly mixed. Critics, on one hand, praised the film (with a 91% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a site that assigns films scores based on critic reviews) for its plot, cast, and action scenes. However, reception from fans has been very mixed.
Some fans, such as Senior Luke Ehrenstrom, loved the film. “I think it had a very good plot and executed things very well,” he noted after seeing the movie the day it was released in theatres. Other fans were not as excited with the film, with only a 53% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Regardless of whether all fans liked it or not, there’s no question the movie has already made a huge impact, racing toward the $1 billion mark globally. The next film, currently titled Star Wars: Episode IX, is scheduled to be released in December of 2019.