‘Star Wars’ box office tracker: Thursday night opening defeats ‘Potter’ record

A character in costume takes part of an event held for the release of the film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, France, December 16, 2015. “The Force Awakens” ran at 4,134 screens in North America, compared with 4,274 for “Jurassic World” and 4,349 for “The Avengers”.

Even more impressive: The Force Awakens annihilated the opening-day and all-time Friday records with $120.5 million, helped by a monster $57 million in Thursday night previews.

That’s nearly $9 million than the previous record holder, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which grossed $18.36 million in July 2011.

The record for biggest box office opening weekend ever belongs to Universal’s “Jurassic World” which premiered to $208.8 million just six months ago.

So far the film has made $517 million around the world since opening overseas on Wednesday.

I’ve got nothing. The force is strong with this one.

Roughly 58% of the “Force Awakens” audience was male while 63% of the audience was over the age of 25, according to data shared by the studio.

The media giant’s DIS, -3.83% $4 billion bet that it could revive the “Star Wars” franchise for a new generation paid off this weekend as its first movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, opened to an estimated $238 million in the USA and Canada. On Saturday alone, the film took £8.6m, the biggest business done on a Saturday for a movie ever in the UK.

“The potential for “The Force Awakens” to ultimately break into the $2 billion club worldwide is certainly in the realm of possibility”, said Paul Dergarabedian, of box office tracker Rentrak.

The movie is now open in all markets except Greece and India, where it opens December 24, and China, which has set a January 9 debut. In the USA, the film’s $US120.5 million opening day meant it broke the largest Friday, opening day and single day records.

Critics applauded The Force Awakens, which features newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac alongside original stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

'Force Awakens' on track for record $215M-plus weekend


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