“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” proved that the long-running sci-fi film franchise is still a big draw at the box office, pulling in $220 million to score the second-highest opening weekend of all time.
The Friday through Sunday haul was second only to another Star Wars film: 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” which made $248 million in its opening take. Only four films have ever eclipsed $200 million in their opening, and Star Wars now has two of them. “Jurassic World” pulled in $208.8 million in June 2015, and “The Avengers” $207.4 million in May 2012.
According to Variety, international grosses for “The Last Jedi” hit $230 million to bring the film’s worldwide total to totaled $450 million.
Among all Star Wars films, “The Force Awakens” is the highest grossing of all time, with nearly $1 billion in ticket sales. “The Last Jedi,” on the strength of its showing on 4,234 screens, is already eighth on Box Office Mojo’s list.