$153 million. That would be a fantastic opening weekend for any film. Star Wars: The Force Awakens pulled it in over the Christmas weekend. Its second weekend at the box office. And with it, Star Wars grabs the record for fastest to $1 billion – in just 12 days.
The previous record for fastest film to $1 billion came earlier this year with Jurassic World. What’s insane is that The Force Awakens hasn’t even released in China yet. Jurassic World pulled in more than $167 million in China on its way to $1 billion. Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t see a China bump until it releases on January 9th.
The power of Jurassic World is insignificant to the power of The Force Awakens.
Biggest second weekend of all-time: Sorry Jurassic World, another one of your records fell. The Force Awakens pulled in an estimated $153.5 million over the weekend. The previous record for biggest second weekend of all-time? $106 million.
Fastest to $500 million (domestically): Jurassic World did it in 17 days. The Force Awakens did it in only 10 days.
Christmas record: The Force Awakens more than doubled the previous record holder. Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes enjoyed the record for a few years with $24.6 million. The Force Awakens snagged $49.3 million domestically ($76.8 million globally).
Which records are next?
All-time domestic record: Avatar’s days atop the all-time domestic chart appear to be coming to an end. The Force Awakens has $544 million already. Next weekend’s The Hateful Eight will be the only competition.
Biggest third weekend of all-time:BoxOfficeMojo points out that if Star Wars sees a 50% drop next weekend, it will still grab the largest third weekend of all-time. I’ll be helping with a second watch. Avatar holds the record for the largest third-seventh weekends.
Third weekend: $68.5 million
Fourth weekend: $50.3 million
Fifth weekend: $42.7 million
Sixth weekend: $34.9 million
Seventh weekend: $31.2 million
Titanic dominates the eighth-twelfth weekends. Titanic also holds the record for most consecutive weekends at #1 with 15 weeks.
All-time worldwide record: I love me some Star Wars, but there’s no way. Avatar grossed an insane $2.7 billion worldwide. The Force Awakens grabbed $1 billion quicker than any other movie, but I don’t see how it can grab another $1.7 billion.
Can that worldwide record fall? Let me know in the comments. And how much of the $1 billion came from you?
Before The Force Awakens There Was
Shadow of the Empire. That was the name of the movie for a while. The news comes from Pablo Hidalgo. He’s a creative executive at Lucasfilm Story Group.
@justinlasalata for longest time, the TFA title was the same as an old novel. Thankfully it changed. 🙂 With so many books, it’s inevitable