Star Wars: The Force Awakens Destroys Box Office Records

star-wars-force-awakens-official-posterIt should be no surprise, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens crushed the box office with an estimated $238 million in its first three days. That includes the $57 million earned during the Thursday night previews. The film also earned an estimated $279 million in international markets. That has the film earning a total of $528 million worldwide in less than one week. The previous record holder for opening weekend is Jurassic World which earned $208.8 million.

Via Box Office Mojo, the film has crushed 14 domestic records so far on top of the records set in other countries. The film so far has set these domestic records:

  • Largest Thursday Previews: $57 million
    Previous Record: $43.5 million
  • Largest Friday, Opening Day, Single Day: $120.5 million (estimated)
    Previous Record: $91 million
  • Domestic Opening Weekend: $238 million (estimate)
    Previous Record: $208.8 million
  • Highest Per Theater Average (Wide Opening): $57,571 (estimate)
    Previous Record: $48,855 / 4,274 theaters
  • Top Opening Weekend for PG-13 Rated Film: $238 million (estimate)
    Previous Record: $208.8 million
  • Top Holiday Opening Weekend**: $238 million (estimate)
    Previous Record: $158 million
  • Biggest Weekend Overall (Top 12 Gross): $294.5 million
    Previous Record: $266 million
  • Biggest December Weekend (Top 12 Gross): $294.5 million
    Previous Record: $259.9 million
  • December Single Day: $120.5 million (estimated)
    Previous Record: $37.13 million
  • Widest December Opening: 4,134 theaters
    Previous Record: 4,045 theaters
  • December Opening Weekend: $238 million (estimate)
    Previous Record: $84.62 million
  • Fastest to $100 Million: 1 Day
    Previous Record: 2 Days
  • Global IMAX Opening Record: $48 million
    Previous Record: $44.1 million
  • Domestic IMAX Opening Record: $30.1 million
    Previous Record: $20.9 million

The film did not break the record for largest Saturday or Sunday and it’s a race for the fastest to $300 million as well as a march to topple Avatar as the top domestic earner.