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'The Last Jedi' opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time

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Posted at 10:58 AM, Dec 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-17 13:04:49-05

"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. Aside from "The Force Awakens," the others are "The Avengers" and "Jurassic World."
    
Good reviews helped it. Rian Johnson's sequel to "The Force Awakens" has a 93 percent 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 on Thursday acquired as part of its $52.4 billion purchase of its parent company, 21st Century Fox. "Ferdinand" grossed $13.3 million.