Star Wars: The Force Awakens enjoys biggest opening of all time


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As expected, box office records have been tumbling as Star Wars: The Force Awakens lands in cinemas…

Well, everyone knew it was going to be big. But Star Wars: The Force Awakens has shattered box office records after its first few days on release.


In the US alone, it’s registered the biggest opening weekend of all time. That record have previously been set earlier in the year by Jurassic World, which gathered in $208.8m. Star Wars has smashed that to bits, with a take of $238m in just one weekend.

On top of that, the film has broken the half a billion dollar barrier worldwide in one weekend, too. It’s taken $517m since it opened last Thursday. Whilst that figure is slightly behind Jurassic World’s $524m, it’s expected that once the final numbers have been calculated, Star Wars will have nabbed that record too.

Given the lack of direct competition in the weeks ahead – most films cleared out of the way of Star Wars once its release date was announced – The Force Awakens has a clear run at a $2bn box office take, it seems. It’d be just the third film of all time to manage that.

In the UK specifically, the movie has hauled in £32.8m since it opened last Thursday. That’s a British record. On Saturday alone, the film took £8.6m, the biggest business done on a Saturday for a movie ever in the UK. Gadzookz.

Daniel Craig was not the only star to have a hidden role in the new Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, stars including Alec Guinness, Ewan McGregor and Frank Oz also have their voices in the movie.

Disney paid $4bn for Lucasfilm and the Star Wars series in all. It’s got a sporting chance of making a good chunk of that back after just one film.

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