'' Star Wars: The Last Jedi' ' boasts $45 million opening night

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017|9:15 a.m.

LOS ANGELES– “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is off to a death star-sized start at the box office. Disney says Friday that the 8th installation in the area franchise has actually earned an approximated $45 million from Thursday night showings.

It’s the second-highest Thursday night preview tally following the $57 million start for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which began this modern-day trilogy in 2015.

“The Last Jedi” is anticipated to net around $200 million throughout the weekend, which would make it the fourth-biggest opening of all time. It’s set to play on 4,232 screens in The United States and Canada.

Rian Johnson wrote and directed “The Last Jedi,” which stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver.

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