"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" dominates North American box office

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With global grosses hitting 230 million dollars, the film has brought in an estimated 450 million dollars worldwide in total.

The Last Jedi is now the second all-time grossing film in North America, after banking $220m from box offices in the United States and Canada, only behind the previous installment from the same franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now the third trilogy has two of the biggest-starting movies in North American history.

Since "A New Hope" hit theaters 40 years ago, nothing about "Star Wars" has been more consistent than its box-office dominance.

Kids and grownups found the balance between the light and dark sides of the force Friday evening at a Huntington Mall fan event celebrating the theatrical opening of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi".

If Last Jedi continues strong, Walt Disney Co. can smile wide indeed.

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The Force returns to theaters just as Disney announced its $52.4-B bid to buy major 21st Century Fox assets, including the film studio, home of George Lucas' first six Star Wars movies prior to selling Lucasfilm to Disney.

"The weekend that we're in is a byproduct of the foresight and vision from our CEO Bob Iger to bring Lucasfilm into the fold", Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis told The Associated Press. He added that "as we think about the possibility of other things being added, you can't help but be excited about the possibilities".

Audiences were so distracted by The Last Jedi, all other movies were forgotten.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is on course to fulfil its box office destiny after opening with more than £27.5 million. While it sits at Rotten Tomatoes with an outstanding score of 93% from critics, audiences did not give the movie almost as many thumbs up.

But back to "The Last Jedi" - critically speaking, Episode VIII meets the already-high expectations set by "The Force Awakens".

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