"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" debuted this weekend to the second-largest opening ever in North America, reports CNN. The largest ever opening? "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
Disney announced that the eighth installment of the beloved franchise raked in an estimated $220 million. "The Last Jedi" also had the second-biggest Thursday night and the second-largest opening day in North America. Again beating it out was the series' seventh installment.
"There was once a time when sequels were considered the inferior offspring of great original movie concepts as a cash grab aimed at exploiting every last dollar," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. "This is not true with the latest 'Star Wars' film."
"The Last Jedi" is currently also killing it with the critics, holding a 93 percent rating on film review site Rotten Tomatoes.
"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. "It also proves the importance of having a spectacular lead in with 'The Force Awakens' two years ago and 'Rogue One' last year."