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Star Wars: The Last Jedi brings in $45 million in preview screenings

The latest Star Wars release explodes out of the gate

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Rey (Daisy Ridley) holds her lightsaber Walt Disney Studios

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is doing great numbers at the box office, after only a single night in release.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivered an estimated $45 million from Thursday evening previews last night, amounting to the second-largest domestic preview gross of all time, behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens and 55 percent ahead of Rogue One's $29 million from previews last year,” Box Office Mojo reported.

The movie is expected to continue to perform well throughout the weekend, as strong reviews and a nuanced story will help build positive word of mouth on top of the movie’s already massive amount of buzz.

“The film’s big Thursday suggests that it’s on track to easily clear $200 million for its opening weekend domestic total,” Entertainment Weekly stated. “Beauty and the Beast currently stands as the biggest domestic opening of 2017, earning $174.8 million in its opening weekend.”

For reference, 2015’s The Force Awakens brought in a record-setting $238 million domestically during its opening weekend. The Last Jedi has some very big shoes to fill if it hopes to match that total, much less best it.

Star Wars remains an entertainment juggernaut, and Disney once again makes the complicated act of franchise maintenance look easy. Be sure to check out the rest of our coverage of what is likely to be the biggest movie of the year.

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