Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened to one of the biggest box office draws and has surpassed other box office giants such as Titanic and Jurassic World. The Force Awakens made an estimated $238 million for its U.S. opening weekend, and made $279 million internationally, making its global sales for the opening weekend $517 million.
The movie’s domestic opening night brought in $57 million. The epic saga shows no signs of slowing down, as NBC News reported that Star Wars:The Force Awakens made over $88 million over the New Year weekend. The article also says that The Force Awakens has made $740.3 million in just 19 days where Jurassic World topped out at $652.3 million and Titanic scored $658.7 million. The top grossing film was Avatar at $760.5 million and it looks like Star Wars will soon pass that film as well. It took Avatar 72 days to reach $700 million and Star Wars made that much in only 16 days.
Warning: Spoilers below.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh installment in the epic Star Wars saga that began in 1977 by George Lucas. However, the newest chapter was directed by J. J. Abrams and was released by Disney films. Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues the story of the Skywalker family except now Luke has become a recluse like Obi-Wan Kanobi in the original film, A New Hope. In this story, Han Solo and Princess Leia’s son, Ben was trained by Luke but he turned to the Dark Side, making Luke go into seclusion. A new Jedi emerges in the form of a female named Rey and many questions to her parentage are raised — the most common arguments are that she is either Kylo Ren’s (Ben Solo) sister or his cousin. Perhaps the next chapter, which will be released in 2017, will address this issue and we will learn the identify of Rey.
In contrast to previous Star Wars films, a The Hollywood Reporter article said that the original Star Wars film in 1977 made $307 million (which would have been about $1.2 billion today with inflation adjustments), and with adjustments for inflation and factors including re-releases, Return of the Jedi’s domestic sales were $810 million, Phantom Menace brought in more than $777 million, Empire Strikes Back made $745 million and Attack of the Clones topped $460 million. The article also mentions that unadjusted amounts worldwide for Phantom Menace was $1.027 billion, Revenge of the Sith was $468.5 million worldwide, and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope made $775.4 million worldwide. Attack of the Clones made $649.5 worldwide, Return of the Jedi $475.1 million, and the lifetime gross worldwide for The Empire Strikes Back was $538.4 million worldwide.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to bring in $850 million or more in North America. From the looks of the previous weekend box office sales, it is most definitely likely that it will. An article posted by Game Spot said that Star Wars broke the New Year’s Day box office record by bringing in $34.5 million and international New Year’s Day sales were $25 million. The article also says that Star Wars has also grossed $1.39 billion worldwide, making it the seventh most globally successful film, passing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The updated video above changed the worldwide sales to $1.51 billion giving The Force Awakens the number six spot.
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