There was never any doubt that Star Wars: The Last Jedi would dominate its opening weekend but the film actually eclipsed its projected $200 million domestic debut, earning an estimated $220 million.
This means that The Last Jedi not only had the biggest opening of 2017 — a title formerly held by Beauty and the Beast’s $174.8 million debut — but the second biggest opening weekend ever. The only film it trails? Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which brought in $248 million domestic in 2015.
While The Last Jedi was unable to surpass its predecessor, it did open well ahead of 2016’s Rogue One, which earned $155.1 million in its opening weekend last December. The Last Jedi now stands as one of only four movies to have eclipsed $200 million in its domestic debut (unsurprisingly, three of those titles are from Disney).
To put these figures in perspective, Star Wars: The Last Jedi earned more money in its opening weekend than Justice League has earned in total, with the latter film estimated to have made $219.5 million since its debut on November 17.
In addition to its impressive domestic take, the film earned another $230 million internationally, making for a worldwide debut of $450 million. Industry projections had predicted the film to make between $424 million and $440 million in its worldwide debut.
The other major release this weekend, the animated family feature Ferdinand, placed second with an estimated $13.3 million.
Here are the top 10 releases at the North American box office this weekend, according to Box Office Mojo:
1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi $220 million
2. Ferdinand $13.3 million
3. Coco $10 million
4. Wonder $5.4 million
5. Justice League $4.1 million
6. Daddy’s Home 2 $3.8 million
7. Thor: Ragnarok $2.9 million
8. The Disaster Artist $2.6 million
9. Murder on the Orient Express $2.4 million
10. Lady Bird $2.1 million