Star Wars: The Last Jedi is on course to fulfil its box office destiny after opening with more than $450m around the world. The sci-fi blockbuster was released on December 14 and is set to take a hefty sum in its first few days in cinemas.
The latest instalment in the much-loved space saga also went down a storm in the US where it collected an estimated $220m. The takings gave The Last Jedi the second biggest opening of all time in America, only behind its 2015 predecessor The Force Awakens.
The movie, which stars Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher, had the widest cinema release of all time, opening in more than 700 sites. Disney said the haul of £27.5m in the UK means the film has had the biggest opening of 2017 there and the third biggest opening weekend of all time.
The Force Awakens took an enormous £125.4m in the UK – enough to make it the biggest UK box office film not just of 2015 but of all time.