Fans of Star Wars had to wait more than two years to see a new chapter of the saga, with the premiere on Friday December 15 of “The Last Jedi”.
The Hollywood Reporter specialized site reported Sunday that “The Last Jedi” entered 220 million dollars in its first weekend in the United States, the second best performance of all time.
It trails behind the 2015 release Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened with a record-breaking $248m (£167m).
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the eighth instalment of the 40-year-old space saga and is directed by Rian Johnson, whose credits include Brick and Looper.
The film has been widely praised by critics, and has a score of 93% on the film review website Rotten Tomatoes.
However fans of the science fiction saga are divided between love and hate for the new movie, although in economic terms it has been a success.
It is estimated that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” could generate around 425 million dollars worldwide, with what would be behind “The Fate of the Furious” (2017), which reached 542 million; “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, which won 529 million; “Jurassic World”, which entered 525 million; and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” (2011), with 438 million.