The Force Awakens Obliterated Box Office Records In Its First Weekend

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens was always destined for a huge box office debut. The question has been how much of a huge opening would it have? The answer came this weekend: A staggering $238 million in North America and $517 million globally.


The film is now well on its way towards the billion dollar mark. The news should come as a relief to Disney, which spent just north of $4 billion dollars on the franchise.

Variety has also put together a list of all the records that it’s broken thus far:

  • Biggest domestic debut with $238 million (Previous record: “Jurassic World” with $208.8 million)
  • Second-biggest global debut with $517 million (Record holder: “Jurassic World” with $524.9 million)
  • Biggest Thursday preview gross with $57 million (Previous record holder: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” with $43.5 million)
  • First film to post single-day gross over $100 million
  • Fastest film to $100 million and $200 million (Previous record holder: “Jurassic World” on both counts)
  • Biggest December debut (Previous record: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” with $84.6 million)
  • Highest per-theater average for a wide release with $57,568 (Previous record: “Jurassic World” with $48,855)
  • Biggest opening weekend of all time in U.K., Russia, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Denmark, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, Iceland, Serbia and New Zealand
  • Biggest Imax debut with $48 million
  • Most pre-sales with over $100 million (Previous record: “The Dark Knight Rises” with $25 million)
  • Best Friday gross with $120.5 million (Previous record: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” with $91.1 million)
  • Third best Saturday gross with $68.7 million
  • (Record holders: “Jurassic World” with $69.6 and “Marvel’s The Avengers” with $69.5 million)
  • Best opening for a “Star Wars” film (Previous record: “Revenge of the Sith” with $108.4 million)

The Hollywood Reporter is noting that while The Force Awakens hasn’t beaten Jurassic World for its world-wide weekend debut, it’s pointed to the fact that Colin Trevorrow’s film opened in China on the same weekend, whereas The Force Awakens is still a couple of weeks away from debuting there.


Can we get these statistics with ticket sales instead of dollar amounts? Because let’s face it, increasing ticket prices and fluctuating worldwide exchange rates (let alone inflation) paint a non-comparable picture even in the six months since Jurassic World.