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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' opens huge with $45 million on Thursday

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' opens huge with $45 million on Thursday”

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" burst into theaters with a staggering $450 million in global ticket sales in its opening weekend, confirming that the celebrated space adventure franchise remained a powerful force at the box office.

No surprise, the record holder remains 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", the predecessor to "The Last Jedi".

Last Jedi got off to a strong start on Thursday night with the second largest preview gross ever of $45 million and became only the second film to ever gross over $100 million on opening day resulting in the second largest opening day ever, second largest single day, second largest Friday and joins Force Awakens as the fastest films to reach $100 million.

The Independent has contacted a representative for James Corden for comment, but none had arrived at the time of publication. It will premiere there on January 5.

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The film was a big hit with critics as well. The film holds a 94 percent fresh rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

The debut marks another major success for Walt Disney Co, which bought "Star Wars" producer Lucasfilm in 2012 and reinvigorated the story set in a galaxy far, far away.

"For a sequel like "The Last Jedi" to generate this level of box office shows that the power of quality filmmaking outweighs all other considerations", Dergarabedian said.

The eighth movie in the "Star Wars" saga created by George Lucas in 1977 collected $220 million in the United States and Canada, according to box office estimates released by comScore on Sunday. Fisher filmed her scenes before she died unexpectedly last December. The media and entertainment company made a massive deal on Thursday that saw the House of Mouse buy most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion. The sequel to "Last Jedi", "Star Wars: Episode IX", will open in December 2019.



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