Star Wars characters Storm Troopers pose for photographers in Leicester Square, London, before of a Star Wars film marathon showing today ahead of tonight's UK premiere May 16, 2005.

Star Wars had a great weekend in the US at a crucial moment for Disney

$220 million

Star Wars: The Last Jedi sold $220 million in tickets during its opening weekend in the US. It had the second-highest opening ever, behind the 2015 release of The Force Awakens.

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Star Wars characters Storm Troopers pose for photographers in Leicester Square, London, before of a Star Wars film marathon showing today ahead of tonight's UK premiere May 16, 2005.
$220 million

Star Wars characters Storm Troopers pose for photographers in Leicester Square, London, before of a Star Wars film marathon showing today ahead of tonight's UK premiere May 16, 2005.
$220 million

The financial success comes at an important moment for Disney, as it buys the studios, cable networks, and international divisions of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion.

Star Wars characters Storm Troopers pose for photographers in Leicester Square, London, before of a Star Wars film marathon showing today ahead of tonight's UK premiere May 16, 2005.
$220 million

Star Wars: The Last Jedi also topped the box office in cinemas around the world, selling $230 million in tickets outside the US.

Star Wars characters Storm Troopers pose for photographers in Leicester Square, London, before of a Star Wars film marathon showing today ahead of tonight's UK premiere May 16, 2005.
$220 million

Star Wars characters Storm Troopers pose for photographers in Leicester Square, London, before of a Star Wars film marathon showing today ahead of tonight's UK premiere May 16, 2005.
$220 million

Disney, through current and future divisions, dominated the box office over the weekend in the US. After Lucasfilm’s The Last Jedi, Fox was second, with Ferdinand, and Pixar was third, with Coco.

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