Star Wars: The Last Jedi posted a huge $10.2m (£7.6m) opening day at the UK box office yesterday (Thursday, December 14).
That is the third highest opening day in UK box office history, and the highest of 2017. It is, however, 25% lower than record holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which made $14.6m (£9.6m) in 2015. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is second on the UK list.
That comes despite The Last Jedi having significantly more showings than its predecessor for its UK opening. As Screen revealed yesterday, the film will have up to 20% more showings than The Force Awakens over its opening weekend.
Analysts at DCM and Pearl & Dean, however, predicted that the increase wouldn’t necessarily correlate with a bigger opening number.
The UK was also the most successful of the 48 international markets to open on December 13 or 14. Germany opened with $6.1m, France with $6m and Australia with $5.6m, according to figures supplied by Disney. Overall The Last Jedi’s international total is currently $60.8m.
It is the second biggest opening ever in Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden and Iceland (all behindThe Force Awakens).
The overall global cume is now at $105.8M thanks to its $45M in domestic Thursday evening previews. The US numbers are 21% behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($57M) but 55% ahead of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($29M).
The film opens wide in the US today alongside Japan, Spain and all other territories except China, which opens on January 5.