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'Last Jedi' will play a big role as Disney takes on Netflix

LOS ANGELES - Few would dare underestimate the cultural and commercial power of "Star Wars." The latest movie in the Skywalker saga, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," is sure to have one of the biggest opening weekends of the year, with an estimated $425 million in its global premiere.

That's another good omen for Walt Disney Co., which has staked a big piece of its future on the enduring appeal of the decades-old series, with an expanding universe of "Star Wars" content coming to big and small screens in the next few years.

"Stars Wars'" value to the Burbank entertainment giant goes well beyond the box office. Aside from spawning new video

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