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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ earns second-best opening weekend ever

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” soared into theaters this weekend, and made quite a splash at the box office with the second-biggest opening weekend ever.

Rian Johnson’s latest addition to the storied space saga earned a whopping $ 220 million at the domestic box office, putting it second only to its predecessor, “The Force Awakens.”

J.J. Abrams’ 2015 blockbuster grossed $ 248 million in its opening weekend.

The flick kicked off with an impressive pull, earning $ 45 million on opening night, which also goes down as the second-best of all time.

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The film picks up where “The Force Awakens” left off.

(Lucasfilm Ltd)

“The Last Jedi” is just the fourth movie to open to more than $ 200 million domestically; rounding out the quartet is “The Force Awakens,” “The Avengers” and “Jurassic World.”

The return to a galaxy far, far away has so far been a massive critical success with a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Star Mark Hamill, who reprises his role as now-reluctant-mentor Luke Skywalker, told the Daily News part of the appeal lies in the fact that the epic franchise has been reimagined for a new audience.


It came second to its 2015 predecessor.

(David James)

“What you have to understand, and I’m saying this for myself, is it’s not mine anymore. And it’s not George (Lucas)’s anymore. These characters belong to a new generation, your generation, Rian’s generation. One that grew up loving the films and then making up their own,” he said.

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Besides Hamill (and the late Carrie Fisher in one final turn as Princess Leia), fresh faces include Adam Driver as villain Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron.

“Star Wars: Episode IX,” the next installment in the franchise, is slated for release in December 2019.


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