The box office force is definitely with "The Last Jedi."
The latest "Star Wars" movie earned $45 million at Thursday night screenings, making it the second-biggest domestic preview opening of all time — just behind "The Force Awakens (which took in $57 million in 2015). That number does rank ahead of last year's "Rogue One," which earned $29 million in previews.
That puts "Last Jedi" on track to haul in $100 million on opening day, which would again put it behind only "The Force Awakens" in the record book. It also indicates Episode VIII could surpass $200 million for the weekend, which would make it the year's biggest domestic opener.
The numbers could be even bigger, since "Last Jedi" has gotten overwhelmingly positive reviews; it has a 93 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Around the world, the movie earned over $60 million in the U.K., Germany, France, Australia, and other countries.
Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy. Read More