‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Crushes Records, Topping Largest Box Office Weekend of All Time

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens stormed the box office and walked away with $247.9 million in its first three days domestically (including $57 million in Thursday night “previews”) along with another $281 million internationally for a massive $528.9 million worldwide opening. Suffice to say, this shatters the domestic box office opening weekend record of $208.8 million set by Jurassic World earlier this year as well as the worldwide opening weekend record, but the record-breaking doesn’t end there.

Star Wars: The Force AwakensIn just its first day of release Force Awakens brought in$119.1 million setting a new record for the largest Friday, opening day and single day. All on its own, that opening day was also enough to break the previous December opening weekend record of $84.62 million set by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 2012. Additionally, the film now holds the following domestic records:

  • Largest Thursday Previews: $57 million*
    Previous Record: $43.5 million (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2)
  • Largest Friday, Opening Day, Single Day: $119.1 million
    Previous Record: $91 million (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2)
  • Largest Sunday: $60.5 million
    Previous Record: $57.2 million (Jurassic World)
  • Domestic Opening Weekend: $247.9 million
    Previous Record: $208.8 million (Jurassic World)
  • Worldwide Opening Weekend: $529 million / 4,134 theaters
    Previous Record: $524.9 million (Jurassic World)
  • Highest Per Theater Average (Wide Opening): $59,982
    Previous Record: $48,855 / 4,274 theaters (Jurassic World)
  • Top Opening Weekend for PG-13 Rated Film: $247.9 million
    Previous Record: $208.8 million (Jurassic World)
  • Top Holiday Opening Weekend**: $247.9 million
    Previous Record: $158 million (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
  • Biggest Weekend Overall (Top 12 Gross): $305.5 million
    Previous Record: $266 million (June 12-14, 2015)
  • Biggest December Weekend (Top 12 Gross): $305.5 million
    Previous Record: $259.9 million (Dec 25-27, 2009)
  • December Single Day: $119.1 million
    Previous Record: $37.13 million (The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey)
  • Widest December Opening: 4,134 theaters
    Previous Record: 4,045 theaters (The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey)
  • December Opening Weekend: $247.9 million
    Previous Record: $84.62 million (The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey)
  • Fastest to $100 Million: 1 Day
    Previous Record: 2 Days (Jurassic World)
  • Global IMAX Opening Record: $48 million
    Previous Record: $44.1 million (Jurassic World)
  • Domestic IMAX Opening Record: $30.1 million
    Previous Record: $20.9 million (Jurassic World)

Read more at BoxOfficeMojo.com

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