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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

(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.

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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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