'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' enjoys massive $220 million opening

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It’s been quite the week for Disney. Last Thursday, their acquisition of large parts of 20th Century Fox was made official. Fast forward to today, and Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, opened to a whopping $220 million. That’s the second highest opening weekend ever, trailing only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which bowed to $247.9 million two years ago.

The Last Jedi picked up some additional silver medals, as well: second largest Thursday night, second largest single day and second film ever to achieve a single-day opening of $100 million. Disney has now become the second studio (behind Warner Bros.) to cross the $2 billion mark domestically for 2017.

Moving forward, things are looking pretty good for The Last Jedi. Reviews are generally positive, and opening weekend audiences turned in an A CinemaScore. Christmas is right around the corner. (The holiday did well by The Force Awakens, which grossed just shy of $150 million over Christmas weekend.) And Star Wars' latest earned $230 million overseas—not counting China, where the film opens on January 5th.

Fox’s attempts at counterprogramming didn’t go too well, with animated offering Ferdinand earning a lower-than-expected $13.3 million. That’s the lowest opening for a Blue Sky film by $8 million.

Pushed down to third place was Disney-Pixar’s Coco (weekend gross $10 million, total gross $150.8 million), which saw its three-week run at the top brought to an end by its Disney compatriot. Coco is just $2 million away from surpassing the gross of Cars 3, Pixar’s other 2017 release.

Rounding out the top five were Wonder (weekend gross $5.4 million, total gross $109.3 million) and Justice League (weekend gross $4.1 million, total gross $219.4 million).

Various specialty releases upped their theatre counts, among them The Disaster Artist ($2.6 million on 1,010 screens), The Shape of Water ($1.7 million on 158 screens), Call Me By Your Name ($491,933 on 30 screens) and Wonder Wheel ($472,216 on 546 screens). New to theatres in limited releases were A24 Western The Ballad of Lefty Brown ($6,115 on two screens) and Gkids animation Birdboy: The Forgotten Children ($5,684 on four screens).