‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Opening Weekend Is Biggest Ever!!

The opening weekend for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is officially the biggest in North American box office history, ahead of its India release on 25th December.

Its first weekend in theaters, the seventh film of the beloved franchise brought in $238 million. The previous record-holder was Jurassic World, which made $208.8 million during its debut weekend over the summer.

Globally, Star Wars brought in $517 million, coming in just under the $525 million that Jurassic World made. However, the latter had the advantage of opening in China as well; The Force Awakens doesn’t come out there until January 9th

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 ($57M), the highest single-day and Friday gross ($120.5M), and it is the first film to surpass $100M in a single day. It also posted the highest theater average for a wide release with $57,568.

 

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 (3rd 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 Pt 2 at $314 Million) and topping the previous December record held by Avatar ($164.5 Million).

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens storm-trooped its way across the global landscape (except for China) this weekend to post an amazing estimated $517 Million global gross.

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

 

Overall

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was on over 30,000 screens internationally this weekend.  It opened at #1 in all markets throughout the world with the exception of Korea and Vietnam, where it was the #1 western films.  The $279 Million opening is the 3rd highest reported international opening weekend in industry history, behind only Jurassic World ($316 Million but including around $97 million China) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2 ($314 Million ).  Amongst the many highlights of the weekend are the following:

 

 

  • UK – biggest 4 day opening weekend in industry history.
  • Germany – biggest opening weekend in industry history.
  • Sweden – biggest opening weekend in industry history.
  • Norway – biggest opening weekend in industry history.
  • Finland – biggest opening weekend in industry history.
  • Austria – biggest opening weekend in industry history.
  • Poland – biggest 3 day opening weekend in industry history.
  • Denmark – biggest 5 day opening weekend in industry history.
  • Also biggest opening weekend in industry history in Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, Iceland and Serbia.
  • France – #2 opening weekend in industry history.
  • Belgium – #2 opening weekend in industry history.
  • Israel – #2 opening weekend in industry history.
  • Spain – #3 opening weekend in industry history.
  • Italy – biggest December opening weekend in industry history.
  • Switzerland – biggest December opening weekend in industry history.
  • Netherlands – biggest December opening weekend in industry history.
  • Portugal – biggest December opening weekend in industry history.

 

Asia-Pacific – $75.7M

 

  • Australia – biggest opening weekend in industry history.
  • New Zealand – biggest opening weekend in industry history.
  • Russia – biggest opening weekend in industry history.
  • Japan – biggest opening weekend of 2015.
  •    Hong Kong – biggest December opening weekend in industry history.
  • Malaysia – biggest December opening weekend in industry history.
  • Singapore – biggest December opening weekend in industry history.

 

Latin America – $36.0 million

 

  • Brazil – #3 opening weekend in industry history and biggest December opening weekend in industry history.
  • Mexico – biggest December opening weekend in industry history.
  • Argentina – biggest December opening weekend in industry history.
  • Chile – #2 opening weekend in industry history.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in India on 25th December in  English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.