'The Last Jedi' rakes in $450.8mn worldwide in opening

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Los Angeles (AFP)

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" -- the latest episode in the blockbuster space saga -- has raked in more than $450 million worldwide since hitting theaters, Disney said Monday -- a major success for the most-hyped movie of the year.

The film directed by Rian Johnson -- which features the late Carrie Fisher's final performance as Princess Leia -- took in $220 million in North America, and another $230.8 million overseas, a Disney spokesman said.

It was the fifth biggest global box office debut in history, the company said.

It was also the second biggest opening in US history and in December -- only behind "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" -- the opener of the saga's sequel trilogy that took $248 million on its debut weekend.

"The Last Jedi" sees the return of the characters introduced in "The Force Awakens" -- with Rey (Daisy Ridley) looking to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to teach her about The Force.

In second place was "Ferdinand," a computer-animated comedy about a bull with a big heart often mistaken for a dangerous beast, which took $13 million on what was also its debut weekend, according to preliminary industry figures.

The top five was rounded out by "Coco," a colorful Pixar movie set in Mexico, feel-good film "Wonder" and Warner Bros. superhero feature "Justice League."

Final figures from industry experts were expected later Monday.