“The Force Awakens” turned out to be as big as everyone thought it would be — and possibly even bigger.
The latest entry in the “Star Wars” movies toppled previous box-office records, grossing $238 million domestically over the weekend (the biggest opening of all time) and $517 million worldwide, according to reports. (Final numbers come out Monday.)
The previous all-time best US opening was “Jurassic World” with $208.8 million (not adjusting for inflation), which also had a slightly larger global opening at $524.9 million, though it opened earlier in China (“Force Awakens” will debut there January 9). “Force Awakens” was No. 1 in every country where it played except South Korea and Vietnam.
“Force Awakens” also had the biggest Friday of all time, with $120.5 million. You can see the rest of the records broken by the movie at Box Office Mojo.
The domination of “Force Awakens” is a huge win for Disney, which bought Lucasfilm and the “Star Wars” franchise from George Lucas for $4 billion.
Two other films competed against “Force Awakens.” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” came in second domestically with $14.4 million, the lowest opening of any title in the franchise. The new Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy “Sisters” got third place with $13.4 million.
You can expect all those movies to significantly increase their hauls over the coming holidays.
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