Weekend Box Office

Star Wars: The Force Awakens made an over $100 million run in less than one weekend. To be concise: It made $119.1 million on its opening day alone. Its actual weekend total gross is at $248 million. It was totally expected, but those are still some astronomical numbers. Disney has literally turned into the Scrooge McDuck money vault with the launch of this new franchise.

“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.” In related news, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip opened to $14.29 million this weekend. It’s the series’ lowest opening figures yet. It was totally expected, but not less hurtful.

The new Amy Poehler/Tina Fey comedy Sisters opened to $13.92 million. The film opened 23% lower than the $17.41 million opening of the last Poehler/Fey comedy, Baby Mama, but it was expected to open softly, because of the Holiday season and Star Wars.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 dropped to fourth place in its fifth weekend.  The film grossed $5.89 million, bringing its domestic total to $254.48 million. Following that in fifth place is Creed with $5.01 million. That film’s domestic total is at $87.82 million.

Overseas Numbers

Star Wars awoke the movie-going Force, as it grossed $281 million overseas. That puts it at the third biggest overseas opening of all time, behind Jurassic World ($316 million) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($314 million), but those two films had the advantage of a China release, while The Force Awakens’ China release will be on January 9th.

Breaking Records

Alright, here we go. Firstly, with a $119.1 million gross from Friday alone, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the biggest Opening Day Gross, Friday Gross, and Single Day Gross. It also has the biggest Sunday Gross with $60.55 million. It is also the fastest film in history to cross $200 million at the domestic box office.

With an opening weekend gross of $248.0 million, the film now has the highest per theater average, making $59,982 from 4,134 theaters, the biggest domestic opening weekend for a film in December, eclipsing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’s $84.61 million opening in 2012, and the biggest domestic opening of all time, thus dethroning Jurassic World’s $208.8 million opening earlier this year. With a worldwide opening of $529 million, The Force Awakens even cut short Jurassic World‘s $524.9 reign as biggest worldwide opening of all-time. The Force is strong with this one.

Prediction Time

Enjoy your Star Wars Holiday Special:

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. Joy
  3. The Big Short
  4. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
  5. Concussion

Featured Image: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures