'The Last Jedi' rakes in $450.8mn worldwide in opening
LOS ANGELES - AFP
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the latest episode in the blockbuster space saga, has raked in more than $450 million worldwide since hitting theaters, Disney said on Dec. 18, a major success for the most-hyped movie of the year.
The film directed by Rian Johnson, which features the late Carrie Fisher's final performance as Princess Leia, took in $220 million in North America, and another $230.8 million overseas, a Disney spokesman said.
It was also the second biggest opening in US history and in December -- only behind "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" -- the opener of the saga's sequel trilogy that took $248 million on its debut weekend.
In second place was "Ferdinand," a computer-animated comedy about a bull with a big heart often mistaken for a dangerous beast, which took $13 million on what was also its debut weekend, according to preliminary industry figures.
The top five was rounded out by "Coco," a colorful Pixar movie set in Mexico, feel-good film "Wonder" and Warner Bros. superhero feature "Justice League."