– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has quite the high bar to live up to. Not only was Star Wars: The Force Awakens an enthusiastic return to form for the franchise, but it broke $2 billion at the box office after its record-breaking weekend of $247 million. Last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also fared pretty well, with $155 million opening and overall worldwide haul of $1.05 billion.

Considering Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to be a continuation of the main saga, we’re expecting it to do something a bit closer to The Force Awakens in terms of performance. But how close? Box Office Pro has their initial forecast.

According to the tracking site, Star Wars: The last Jedi is looking at a $215 million 3-day opening, which would make it the second highest opening of all time, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It also projects that the film will make a solid $742 million domestically, which is around a 20 percent drop from The Force Awakens’ $936 million domestic haul.

In favor of this film is the fact that buzz is at an all-time high, that respected filmmaker Rian Johnson is behind it, and the fact that it’s Star Wars. The only thing it really has against it at this point is the fact that we’re all comparing it to The Force Awakens, which performed better than anyone could have hoped.

What do you think of these initial projections? Let us know down below!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

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SOURCE: Box Office Pro

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.