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Star Wars: The Force Awakens shatters records you haven’t even heard about!
There was no doubt that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be a massive success, the question was how big? Now that all the dust has settled from its opening Box Office weekend we have some answers.
The George Lucas creation broke records for biggest single-day ticket sales, biggest Friday, and amongst other milestones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens now lays claim to the biggest domestic debut of a film with $238 million in ticket sales. That, plus the movie’s international box office of $279 million, gives The Force Awakens an overall take of $517 million globally.
But wait there’s more! The film now has the biggest Thursday preview gross with a box office of $57 million. It also earned the biggest Friday and biggest single-day of ticket sales with $120.5 million and is the first movie to ever earn more than $100 million in a single day. Star Wars: The Force Awakens also became the fastest film to hit sales of $200 million. Not surprisingly, it became the biggest December opening ever.
Impressive? Certainly, but we’re not done yet.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens sold a record $100 million worth of pre sale tickets before Thursday, and had the biggest IMAX Thursday preview, with $5.7 million in sales, the biggest single-day IMAX sales on Friday, with $14 million in sales, and the biggest IMAX weekend ever at $30.1 million. Additionally, the latest Star Wars bonanza now holds the record for the highest theater average, with $57,568 per theater.
Time will tell if Force Awakens can topple the $760 million milestone set by Avatar in 2009, but with the strong start and positive feedback from movie-goers and critics alike, the film is in a healthy place to do so.
With all the hype surrounding the space opera, one would be excused to forget that there were other films released this week, and despite the competition,there were some healthy performances.
Coming in at second place was another CGI/Live action blend, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip. The inexplicable fourth installment of the series earned $14.4 million, which was down from Chipwrecked‘s (2011) $23.2 million debut. Scoring a deplorable 13% on Rotten Tomatoes tomatometer, I anticipate (much like their brethren) the band of rodents will become road-kill sooner rather than later despite the strong start.
The latest Tina Fey/Amy Poehler team up – Sisters opened in third place with $13.4 million. Costing a reported $30 million, Sisters fell short of their previous collaboration Baby Mama’s $17.4 million debut back in 2008.
Rounding out the top five were former Box Office champ The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, with $5.6 million and the punchy Creed, with $5 million.
Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur was in sixth with $4.2 million and the $100 million mark that is all but a gimme with Pixar releases still remains elusive for the soon to be extinct film. The holiday horror movie Krampus followed in seventh with $3.7 million and now has a $34.8 million total on a reported $15 million cost.
Perhaps a bigger disappointment than The Good Dinosaur is Director Ron Howard’s In The Heart Of The Sea. The film dropped from second place to eighth earning just $3.4 million, down 68% from its opening last weekend.
Ninth and tenth place had Hindi films Dilwale and Bajirao Mastani despite only being released on a couple hundred screens each.
Box Office Totals
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $238M
2. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip $14.4M
3. Sisters $13.4M
4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Pt 2 $5.6M
5. Creed $5M
6. The Good Dinosaur $4.3M
7. Krampus $3.7M
8. In the Heart of the Sea $3.4M
9. Dilwale $1.8M
10. Bajirao Mastani $1.6M