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Posted: December 17, 2017

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' has blockbuster opening weekend

Star Wars - By the Numbers

By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

The Force was with theater box offices this weekend, as “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” had the second-biggest opening weekend in North America’s history, CNN reported.

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The eighth installment of the “Star Wars” saga pulled in an estimated $220 million, according to Disney, which released the film. That is second only to the previous “Star Wars” movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which raked in $248 million in December 2015, CNN reported.

The film has made $450 million worldwide since opening overseas Wednesday. It will premiere in China, the world’s second-biggest film market, on Jan. 5, CNN reported.

Critics apparently like the film, too. The film scored 93 percent on the review site Rotten Tomatoes.

The film, which opened in more than 4,200 theaters, starred Daisy Ridley as Rey, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa. Fisher filmed her scenes before she died last December.


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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' has blockbuster opening weekend

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' has blockbuster opening weekend

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" had a profitable weekend, which should make Walt DIsney Studios Chairman Alan Horn happy.

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