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17 Dec 2017

Box office numbers for the opening day of Episode VIII are second only to its prequel, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which made $119 million when it opened in 2015. The Thursday night box office for "Last Jedi" is rolled into Friday.

"The Last Jedi" opens in more than 4,100 theaters domestically this weekend. The movie will likely come up short against the opening for "The Force Awakens," but Friday's box office windfall bodes well for the space franchise as it heads into the weekend.

The box office record for an opening weekend belongs to "Force Awakens," which premiered to $248 million two years ago.Living up to the galactic hype of its predecessor is a challenge for "Last Jedi," but the film looks to be up for it. "The Last Jedi" is...