Star Wars: The Last Jedi–Second Highest Opening of All Time

Disney-Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi  opened massively with $220 million weekend at 4,232 North American sites–the second-highest opening weekend of all time.

It trails only the $248 million launch of 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The tentpole opened with $104.8 million on Friday (including $45 million from Thursday night previews) for the second-best opening day of all time, followed by $64 million on Saturday and a projected $51.3 million on Sunday. With international grosses hitting $230 million, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” totaled $450 million worldwide.

The new Star Wars movie is the fourth one to top $200 million domestically in its opening frame, joining 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” 2015’s “Jurassic World” with $208.8 million, and 2012’s “The Avengers” with $207.4 million.

It finishes the weekend 29% above the “Star Wars” spinoff “Rogue One,” which opened with $155.1 million same weekend a year ago.

“‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ posts the second biggest preview gross, the second best single day gross ever recorded and the second biggest opening weekend ever, 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.”

ComScore’s PostTrak gave stellar marks to the tentpole with 66% calling it “excellent” and another 23% rating it “very good.” A total of 79% said they would “definitely recommend” the movie.

The stellar performance comes three days after Disney announced it was buying 21st Century Foxmove that will make the company the undisputed leader in box office share in coming

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” wound up its domestic run with a record-setting $936.7 million and $2.07 billion worldwide. “Rogue One” went on to gross $532.2 million by the end of its domestic run and $1.03 billion worldwide.

Directed by Rian Johnson, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” follows where “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” left off. It stars returning cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Andy Serkis. New stars include Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Benicio del Toro.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” also helped close the gap in 2017’s lag over last year’s total by a full percentage point. As of Sunday, this year’s total is $10.29 billion, off 2.9%.

Disney crossed the $2 billion domestic mark on Saturday, marking the third consecutive year, making Disney the first studio to have achieved that record. It’s in first place in 2017 market share.

In three days, the domestic total for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has topped the entire 31-day domestic run of Warner-DC Entertainment’s of “Justice League.”