Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ second-highest opening ever in N. America
It was followed in second place by computer-animated comedy “Ferdinand” which took $13 million on what was also its debut weekend.
The latest instalment in the hugely popular sci-fi saga was widely expected to cash in on 12 months of relentless hype with one of the biggest domestic opening weekends.
It has won early critical acclaim even as movie-goers have been more circumspect, earning it a tepid 57 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to 93 percent among professional reviewers.
Last weekend’s number one “Coco,” a colorful Pixar movie set in Mexico, was beat out to third place with $10 million.
Feel-good film “Wonder” starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay slid to fourth, taking $5.4 million while “Justice League” fell to fifth with $4.2 million.
Rounding out the top ten were:
“Daddy’s Home 2” ($3.8 million)
“Thor: Ragnarok” ($2.9 million)
“The Disaster Artist” ($2.6 million)
“Murder On The Orient Express” ($2.5 million)
“Lady Bird” ($2.1 million)