Box Office: “Jedi” has huge Thursday, 20% BELOW “Force Awakens,” though

jedi1No, the years of pent-up demand for another “Star Wars” film aren’t there. “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One” have opened in the past two years.

And this December weekend promises to be perhaps the second biggest opening weekend for a holiday release — ever. Projections are still in the $210-220 range. 

Thursday night is how these pictures kick-start their big weekends, and “The Last Jedi” appears to have edged past the biggest Harry Potter opening ($43.5, for “Deathly Hallows Part 2”) for second best all time.

Saturday is when parents and families will flock to theaters, and those numbers could be epic. But “Force Awakens” blew up with a $57 million opening night (Thursday evening showings). “The Last Jedi” appears to have hit $45.  That’s 22% below “Force.”

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