Originally posted: http://www.jedinews.co.uk/news/news.aspx?newsID=24932
The assault on box office records by director J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens continues to press on as we learn of the latest ticket sales figures, both domestically here in the United States and globally, via an article posted today on Entertainment Weekly.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned an estimated $238 million this weekend, making it the biggest domestic opening of all time. Han, Chewie, Leia, and friends obliterated the $208.8 million record set by Jurassic World this summer, and in total, The Force Awakens has already made an astronomical $517 million worldwide.
The Force Awakens’ domestic opening is the crowning achievement in a long, long list of broken box office records. Only a few hours after it started screening on Thursday, The Force Awakens had already notched the highest-grossing pre-show day of all time, earning $57 million. Add that to its Friday numbers, and The Force Awakens earned the highest single-day opening of any movie ever with $120.5 million. As a result, The Force Awakens is the first movie to ever earn more than $100 million in a single day, which also makes it the fastest movie to ever reach triple digits. (Jurassic World hit $100 million in two days.) Opening in 4,134 theaters, a record number for a December opening, The Force Awakens posted a per-theater average of $57,568, a record for a wide-release opening.
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