Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters this past weekend and if you haven’t seen it, well, you might be the only one. Ticket sales continue to climb as the film smashes both the box office and previously set records.
Star Wars fans young and old turned out big for opening day, with many cinemas around the world boasting sold out theaters from advance ticket purchases alone. Just how outrageous were the numbers, though? Let’s take a look at this rundown from CNN:
$529 million – The global box office opening of the film, which beat the previous record of $525 million held by “Jurassic World.”
$248 million – The film’s opening weekend box office in North America, which overtook the $208.8 million record of “Jurassic World.”
$119.1 million – How much the film brought in on its opening day in the U.S. on Friday, roughly $30 million more than the previous opening-day record.
The results are absolutely staggering, and it’s just the opening weekend. For those keeping track, the film blew past the previous opening-day record holder Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 ($91 million), which is something other box office giants of the year like Jurassic World and Avengers: Age of Ultron failed to come close to doing. It’s clear that the Star Wars fandom — now spanning several generations — takes their business seriously.
The numbers are huge, but they’re not finished yet. Analysts are projecting the film to hit $2 billion worldwide before all is said and done, which is something that has only been done previously by Titanic and 2009′s box office superstar Avatar. The sky is the limit right now for Disney, and if fans around the world continue to see the movie over and over again, there’s no doubt that they’ll hit it. If one thing’s for certain, you better visit your local theater sooner rather than later if you want to avoid spoilers for what will arguably be one of the biggest films of the decade.
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