The Last Jedi faces box office battle to be 2017's biggest film
The new Star Wars film faces two tough tests at the UK box office.
The first will be whether it can pull enough people into cinemas between now and the end of December to become the biggest film of 2017.
It needs to beat £72.4 million, which is the amount taken at the UK box office by this year’s current number one, Beauty and the Beast.
To overtake this, The Last Jedi needs to make about £4 million a day from ticket sales between its release on December 14 and New Year’s Eve.
The second test facing the film is whether it can do as well as recent Star Wars blockbusters.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a spin-off released last year, ended up taking a total of £65.9 million at the UK box office.
The Last Jedi will be hoping to outperform this, given its status as part of the Star Wars franchise and its cast of familiar characters such as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).
It will also hope to beat the £78.5 million made by The Phantom Menace, released in 1999 and which was the first new Star Wars film since the original trilogy.
A bigger challenge will be whether The Last Jedi can do as well as 2015’s The Force Awakens.
This took an enormous £125.4 million – enough to make it the biggest UK box office film not just of 2015 but of all time.
Here is how each of the Star Wars films has performed at the UK box
office to date. The figures have been supplied to the Press Association by the
British Film Institute and have been adjusted for inflation.
1. The Force Awakens (2015): £125.4m
2. The Phantom Menace (1999): £78.5m
3. Star Wars (1977): £74.5m
4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016): £65.9m
5. Attack of the Clones (2002) £49.7m
6. Revenge of the Sith (2005) £48.4m
7. The Empire Strikes Back (1980) £30.4m
8. Return of the Jedi (1983) £14.2m