The space saga, featuring stars like the late Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley, earned $52.4 million at the domestic box office over weekend and another $120.4 million globally.
Worldwide box office for 2017 has jumped 3% to $39.92 billion with "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" providing the final push.
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is the fourth 2017 title to go past $1 billion worldwide, along with Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at $1.26 billion, Universal's "The Fate of the Furious" at $1.24 billion and Universal-Illumination's "Despicable Me 3" at $1.03 billion.
After just three weeks in theaters, "Star Wars: Episode VIII" has surpassed the domestic box-office haul of "Beauty and the Beast", which spent more than four months in theaters across the country and made just over $500 million in the U.S. But it's already in the top 10 highest-grossing films of all time domestically, and it's been out for less than a month.
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It opens in the enormous Chinese market on Friday.
Based on early estimates, North American revenue is expected to reach about $11.1 billion, down more than two percent from the year before, industry analysts comScore reported.
And, with Monday's New Year's Day box office takings still to come, The Last Jedi's numbers will continue to soar.
But in the meantime, holiday viewership provided a boost not just for "Jedi" but for Sony (Hanover: SON1.HA - news) 's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle".
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Taking $4.6 million in its second weekend in theaters, it has earned only $17.1 million to date against a $68 million production budget, for ninth place.
Next (Frankfurt: 779551 - news) was "The Greatest Showman", from Fox, at $20.3 million.
The animated kids film Ferdinand, about a bull who is mistaken for a unsafe beast, took fifth with $11.7 million.
Over the last three weeks, the Disney-Lucas film earned $517.1 million in ticket sales with another $523.3 million internationally.
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