'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' tracking for huge $200M-Plus U.S. opening

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Disney insiders believe the sci-fi movie will surpass Disney's Beauty and the Beast, as top opener for 2017

Kahron Spearman

Multiple outlets are reporting that 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' is heading for a record-threatening launch in the $200 million range, during its scheduled Dec. 15-17 opening weekend across North America. This is according to initial tracking estimates released on Wednesday.

The Rian Johnson-directed picture stars Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Lupita Nyong'o.

Disney's and Lucasfilm's much-anticipated follow-up to 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is generating significant interest among moviegoers according to early film tracking models, likely leading to a projected $200 million-plus domestic-market debut when it appears on screen Dec. 15.

'Force Awakens' kicked off the revival the George Lucas-built sci-fi franchise after a long absence. It opened to a record-setting $248 million domestically.