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December 21, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens “Force Chokes” The Competition

by Reggie's Take

The “Force” was strong this past weekend with the latest entry into the Star Wars franchise as it took a huge bite into the records set by Jurassic World.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens directed by J.J. Abrams took in an estimated $238 million in its opening weekend, having no problems in surpassing this past summer’s Jurassic World, which roared in just under $209 million.

Internationally, The Force Awakens fell short of Jurassic World‘s $525 million, bringing in a still impressive $517 million. The big reason for this, Jurassic World opened in China at the same time as it did in the U.S. Considering the size of China’s increasingly growing movie audience, this would almost certainly have put “The Force Awakens” well past Jurassic World globally. “The Force Awakens” won’t open in China until Christmas weekend.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens set many records over its first three days in theaters.

  • Biggest Thursday preview gross with $57M.
  • Biggest Friday and biggest single-day gross with $120.5M.
  • First film ever to post a single day over $100M.
  • Fastest film to $100M and $200M.
  • Biggest December debut (nearly 3 times previous record of $84.6M).
  • Biggest IMAX Thursday night preview ($5.7M), single-day ($14M, Friday), and weekend ($30.1M).
  • Highest theater average for a wide release ($57,568).
  • Biggest IMAX global debut of $48M.
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