Forty years after the original movie’s release, the force is still strong with the Star Wars franchise- as episode VIII (The Last Jedi) will finally make its way to theaters on December 15.
Industry insiders expect the film to gross more than $200 million in its first few days, which would put The Last Jedi in elite company; joining The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and the Avengers, as the only movies to ever hit that mark opening weekend. Meanwhile, box stores like Target and Walmart have already seen huge profits from movie merchandise, racking in $618 million in sales between August 2016 and July 2017. “It’s the largest franchise in the history of the toy business” said TTPM CEO Jim Silver.
But for those who grew up with movies like The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, next week’s release means far more than dollars and cents. Fans will finally see what moisture farmer-turned galactic hero Luke Skywalker has been up to since redeeming his father and bringing an end to the Galactic Empire more than 34 years ago. It will also give them one last look at Princess Leia, played by the late Carrie Fischer, who died suddenly shortly after filming for The Last Jedi wrapped up.
The internet has been abuzz for the past two years, with fans speculating everything from Snoke’s origin to Rey’s backstory. And as the release date has drawn nearer, those theories have grown wilder by the day. Some of us have ignored supposed spoilers, choosing instead to wait for director Rian Johnson to unveil his vision of the characters that we have loved for more than 40 years.
That wait will be over in just seven days.
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