In Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.
The Fate of the Furious earned $8.7 million in preview screenings past year and remains one of the top grossing foreign films of all time in China.
China box office data shows that Star Wars: The Last Jedi earned $7 million by 7 p.m local time, placing it behind the Chinese comedy The Ex-File: The Return of the Exes, which grossed $15.7 million by 7 p.m and is now in its second week.
But even after the previews, The Last Jedi still left a less than impressive mark on a Chinese audience.
It's estimated that The Last Jedi will only get $5 million in its opening Friday making its debut only second this week in China. And all this despite The Last Jedi getting a 35.6 percent share of all Chinese movie screens, and a few percent more than The Ex-Files 3.
The Force Awakens went on to earn $124 million in China while Rogue One dropped to $69.5 million. In North America, The Force Awakens was number one, with a hefty $936.6 million box office haul. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story-which counted two Chinese actors among its cast-earned $69.5 million in China previous year and placed a measly 35th in the country's ranking of box office profits.
I was not a Star Wars fan until I was invited to a screening of Rogue One in 2016.
Meanwhile there were some pop stars in The Last Jedi, too, as Ellie Goulding, and Take That's Gary Barlow had uncredited cameos, as did director Edgar Wright, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Prince William and Prince Harry, Tom Hardy, and others.