Han Solo, Harrison Ford, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Star Wars Episode VII Is The New King of Opening Weekend Box Office!!!

Star Wars, Star Wars Episode VII, Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, Mark Hamill

After setting a single-day record Friday, by becoming the first film to ever make over $100 million in a single day, it wasn’t a matter of IF Star Wars Episode VII was going to break box office records, it was a matter of HOW many and by HOW much.  The answer is pretty much ALL of them and by a LOT.  The seventh episode in the science fiction saga made $238 million domestic (shattering Jurassic World‘s record) and $517 million internationally.  With the quality of the film, the word-of-mouth, a traditional holiday movie season, and weakened competition, I would be stunned if this film did not pass Avatar and become the new box office champ.  I know I will be contributing quite a lot of money to that effort over the holiday season and weeks to come.  Read below for Coming Soon’s comprehensive rundown of exactly how many records The Force Awakens broke, then go see it again (because you know you want to).
Star Wars Episode VII, BB-8

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens to $517 million worldwide!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens made its domestic debut with an estimated $238 million, smashing the previous record set by Jurassic World of $208.8 million, which opened in the summer. The film posted the highest Thursday preview gross ever ($57 million), the highest single day and Friday gross ($120.5 million), and it is the first film to surpass $100 million in a single day. It also posted the highest theater average for a wide release with $57,568 and marks the biggest December opening of all time. Star Wars: The Force Awakens received an A CinemaScore from audiences.

X-Wing, Star Wars Episode VII

Marking the biggest opening weekend ever in numerous key territories, including the UK, Germany, Australia, and Russia, Star Wars: The Force Awakens posted an estimated international opening weekend of $279 million (the third-highest reported opening weekend in industry history, behind Jurassic World at $316 million, including around $97 million China, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 at $314 million) and topping the previous December record held by Avatar ($164.5 million). This result excludes any results from China, where the film opens Jan. 9.

Star Wars Episode VII, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Finn, Rey

Star Wars: The Force Awakens made its way across the global landscape (except for China) this weekend to post an amazing estimated $517 million global gross. This marks the second-highest reported global weekend opening of all-time, behind only Jurassic World ($525 million, including China).

Millennium Falcon, Star Wars Episode VII

Star Wars: The Force Awakens also generated a record-breaking estimated $48 million from IMAX screens globally, beating the previous Jurassic World record of $44 million (which included China). Many territories saw record-breaking IMAX weekends including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and Australia.

The film’s domestic opening records include:
– Highest Thursday “preview” gross: $57M. Previously $43.5M, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (WB, 7/15/11).
– Highest one-day gross: estimated $120.5M. Previously $91.1M, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (WB, 7/15/11).
– First film to reach triple digits ($100M+) in a single day. Closest previously $91.1M, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (WB, 7/15/11).
– Highest opening weekend: estimated $238.0M. Previously $208.8M, Jurassic World (Uni, 6/12-14/15).
– Highest December opening weekend: estimated $238.0M. Previously $84.6M, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (WB, 12/14-16/12).
– Highest opening weekend per theatre average (wide release): estimated $57,568. Previously $48,855, Jurassic World (Uni, 6/12-14/15)
– Highest December opening theatre count: 4,134. Previously 4,045, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (WB, 12/14/12)

Star Wars Episode VII, Adam Driver, Kylo Ren

“Our sole focus has been creating a film that delivers that one-of-a-kind Star Wars experience, and director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and the Lucasfilm team have outdone themselves,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “To all of the fans around the world who not only came out in Force to make this such an exciting and astronomical debut but who treated this film as their own and helped preserve the experience for their fellow fans by not spoiling it – thank you, we do.”

Captain Phasma, Gwendoline Christie, Stormtrooper, Star Wars, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Directed by J.J. Abrams, the movie stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk produced the film with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

7 thoughts on “Star Wars Episode VII Is The New King of Opening Weekend Box Office!!!”

  1. Any predictions about this movie’s ultimate box office take?

    The audience in the theater where I saw it was laughing and cheering throughout the entire thing, and the applause at the end was louder than the applause at the beginning. Obviously the theater was filled with people who had waited in line for many hours to get a good seat, but I don’t remember any applause when I went and saw the prequels, except at the beginning of the very first one.

    Also the A Cineimscore bodes well.

    I’ve been looking at a lot of comments on the net, and there is a surprising amount of negativity, but nothing remotely like the prequel backlash, and anyway negativity is the lifeblood of the Internet Era nerd. The big complaint is the similarity to ANH, but realistically, aside from recognizing that Starkiller Station is a lot like the death star, most viewers are not going to sit there noticing, much less cataloging, the parallels. It will not be a big liability in the end, or at least I don’t think so.

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    1. Minimum return total is 1.9 billion. Preopening conservative estimates were around 2.7 billion. Disney only spent 22 million on marketing since they used their subsidiaries. The total global total now is, I think, in uncharted waters. I personally think that this will not only break Avatars record, but be the first domestic film with a billion gross.

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      1. Avatar lucked out. No competition anywhere in sight, plus it was the first movie of the 3D rennaisance. It is sooooo far from being a beloved film. I know that personally, I will never watch it again, and I don’t know ANYONE who cares about the sequels. Everyone on this planet will pay money to see them, but in ten years time the films will be forgotten. Those are the terms of the deal Cameron made with the Devil.

        As far as TFA is concerned, I can’t help but wonder if my devotion to the franchise has been clouding my opinion of the movie. Plus, all the media frenzy surrounding these astonishing numbers is a little dangerous, because the already impossible expectations have now been raised even higher. But my gut tells me you’re absolutely correct.

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