|"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" soared to $220 million on data released on Sunday. — AFP Photo|Viet Nam News
WASHINGTON — Star Wars: The Last Jedi netted an estimated US$220 million in North America on its opening weekend, according to Exhibitor Relations, a figure bettered only by a previous instalment of the sci-fi saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
It was followed in second place by computer-animated comedy Ferdinand which took $13 million on what was also its debut weekend.
The latest instalment in the hugely popular sci-fi saga was widely expected to cash in on 12 months of relentless hype with one of the biggest domestic opening weekends.
It has won early critical acclaim even as movie-goers have been more circumspect, earning it a tepid 57 per cent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to 93 per cent among professional reviewers. — AFP