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

2015-12-21

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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.

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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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