The Last Jedi Has Second-Best Weekend Ever
The latest Star Wars movie made $220M in its opening weekend
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 17, 2017 12:00 PM CST
Daisy Ridley as Rey in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"   (Lucasfilm via AP)

(Newser) Star Wars: The Last Jedi rocketed to a debut of $220 million at the box office, landing the second-best opening weekend ever in North America and slotting in behind only its predecessor, The Force Awakens. The Disney blockbuster is only the fourth film to open above $200 million in North America, the AP reports. Aside from The Force Awakens, the others are The Avengers and Jurassic World.

Good reviews helped. Rian Johnson's sequel to The Force Awakens has a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences endorsed it too, giving it an A on CinemaScore. The weekend's only other new wide release came from 20th Century Fox, the film studio that Disney acquired on Thursday as part of its $52.4 billion purchase of its parent company, 21st Century Fox. Ferdinand grossed $13.3 million.

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