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Another hit for Star Wars despite falling sales

The Rise of Skywalker's US sales were down nearly 30% on the first movie in the saga, The Force Awakens.

Still, the latest instalment ranked as one of the best December openings in North America.

It is expected to end a strong year for distributor Disney, with a string of hits grossing more than $1bn.

Starring Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, the film is the final chapter in the Skywalker saga begun by George Lucas in 1977. It is set one year after its predecessor.

Star Wars and Beauty and the Beast help UK box office to record high

Film fans spent £1.38bn on tickets last year, up 3.6% on 2016.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Beauty and the Beast were the year's most popular films, followed by Dunkirk, Despicable Me 3 and Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2.

Box office trackers ComScore said fans still wanted the cinema experience despite the popularity of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon.

ComScore executive director Lucy Jones said: "Audiences want the right content on the right platform.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi takes $450m on opening weekend

The total for The Last Jedi includes $220m (£165m) from box offices in the US and Canada, placing the film second in the all-time list for North America.

It trails behind the 2015 release Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened with a record-breaking $248m (£167m).

But the sum dwarfs that of its nearest rival, the computer-animated comedy Ferdinand which took $13m (£10m).

In third place, the Disney/Pixar animation Coco brought in just over $10m (£7.5m) during its fourth weekend in North American cinemas.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has critics in raptures

The Last Jedi, writes the Telegraph's reviewer, is "enormous fun" and "will leave fans beaming with surprise".

The LA Times agrees, calling it "the first flat-out terrific Star Wars movie since 1980's The Empire Strikes Back".

Variety, though, swims against the tide, calling it "the longest and least essential chapter in the series".

Rian Johnson's film, says Peter Debruge, is "ultimately a disappointment" that "gives in to the same winking self-parody that is poisoning other franchises of late."

Disney unveils footage of 'Star Wars,' 'A Wrinkle in Time,' 'Lion King

A TV legend front and center in an adaptation with a modern twist, and an adorable lion cub were the stars of the live-action presentation at Disney's D23 event, at which the studio unveiled multiple highly anticipated sneak peeks on Saturday.

Among the most anticipated first looks was that for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

Director Rian Johnson was joined by cast members Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro to show a new behind-the-scenes featurette with looks at the upcoming film.

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' teaser trailer lands in our galaxy

Disney (DIS) released the first teaser trailer for the highly anticipated next chapter in the "Star Wars" saga, "The Last Jedi," Friday.

The trailer followed a panel with the film's stars, director Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy that took place at the massive "Star Wars" fan gathering, Star Wars Celebration, in Orlando, Florida.

Star Wars has dropped a big clue about Episode VIII

 

You'll know by now that the new film - episode VIII, out this December - will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

When that title was revealed, there was massive speculation over who that Jedi was.

But with the release of the international language titles, eagle-eyed enthusiasts have noted that the the word Jedi is plural - that suggests we're getting more than one.

The Official French Star Wars Twitter account tweeted their new title first

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Carrie Fisher stable after heart attack

Fisher, 60, who played Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars, is in the intensive care unit of a Los Angeles hospital.

Carrie Fisher: Friends and family wish recovery after heart attack

Fisher, 60, who played Princess Leia in Star Wars, was taken ill on a flight from London to LA on Friday.

The Force Awakens breaks US Christmas Day box office record

After recording the biggest global opening of all time and a record US debut of $248m, The Force Awakens has now smashed the US record for Christmas Day box office receipts.

Lucasfilm and Disney's latest instalment in the space opera saga took $49.3m across the US on Friday - almost double the previous record, set by Robert Downey Jr's first Sherlock Holmes movie in 2009.

It also earned $27.5m from cinemas across the rest of the world for a global Christmas Day total of $76.8m, according to Coming Soon.