Star Wars: The Force Awakens Shatters Box-Office Records in Its Opening Weekend

Monday, 21 December 2015 - 9:53AM
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Monday, 21 December 2015 - 9:53AM
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Shatters Box-Office Records in Its Opening Weekend
In case you haven't heard, Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out this weekend, and in the least surprising news of the day, its opening was record-breaking. It soundly beat Jurassic World in both domestic box office and overall box office, and is set to become at least the third highest-grossing movie of all time. 

According to the most recent estimates, The Force Awakens pulled in $528 million overall, beating Jurassic World's previous record-setting opening weekend box office of $524.9 million. At $281 million, it technically only had the number three international opening of all time, behind Jurassic World ($316 million) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ($314 million). But unlike those two movies, Star Wars hasn't come out in China yet (it opens on January 9), which would have inflated its numbers significantly. Jurassic World's international opening, for example, includes $99 million from China. 

The film has broken records in a number of territories aside from the U.S., including UK, Australia, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Poland, Denmark, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, Iceland, Serbia, and New Zealand. It doesn't have much competition from blockbusters for the next few weeks, so it could stay at the top of the box office for quite a while. Some pundits are saying that if word-of-mouth is positive (which it should be, from the audience reactions we saw), it could make $700-800 million domestically, possibly beating Avatar's record of $760 million. It won't be too clear whether it has the potential to beat Avatar's international record until it comes out in China, but we're not too worried. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now out in theaters.
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