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The numbers are in and to no surprise, The Force has dominated the box office for its opening weekend, claiming the title as the second-highest opening weekend of all time.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi was shown in 4,232 North America sites and pulled in an impressive $220 million during its first weekend in theatres.
The film opened with $104.8 million on Friday, including $45 million from Thursday night previews to snag the second-best opening day of all time. Saturday pulled in another $64 million with a projected $51.3 million for Sunday. International grosses hit $230 million which puts The Last Jedi at a whopping $450 million worldwide.
The recent Star Wars film is only the fourth movie to top $200 million domestically on opening weekend, joining the ranks with 2015's The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and 2012's The Avengers.
The Last Jedi will finish its opening weekend 29% above the Star Wars spinoff Rogue One, which opened with $155.1 million on the same weekend one year ago.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi trails only to 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens which launched with $248 million on opening weekend.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi posts the second biggest preview gross, the second best single day gross ever recorded and if that were not enough, the second biggest opening weekend ever in North America, joining the elusive $200 million club with a knockout of a movie that is proving to be both catnip to the critics and moviegoers alike over what has become the strongest moviegoing weekend of 2017,” says senior media analyst at comScore, Paul Dergarabedian. “Truly in a class by themselves, the movies of the Star Wars franchise continue to re-write the history books as to what is possible in terms of box office performance.”
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