Star Wars: The Force Awakens has taken in more money than was projected on Sunday evening. The film made $248 million in its North American opening and $529 million worldwide, smashing Jurassic World’s record, Disney said on Monday.
“With final numbers now in, Star Wars: The Force Awakens rose above estimates to post an all-time industry-high $248 million domestically plus $281 million internationally for an all-time record global debut of $529 million since opening December 16,” the company said in a statement.
It said the figure does not include box office receipts from India and Greece, where the movie opens this week or from China, the world’s second biggest film market where it opens on January 9. Jurassic World previously held the record for global launch with $524.9 million.
Jurassic World producer Frank Marshall tweeted out congratulations to Star Wars on behalf of the entire Jurassic World team. The tweeted poster shows a T-Rec putting a gold medal on droid BB8. This is similar to the pat on the back Disney offered Jurassic World when it broke The Avengers opening record back in June. Chris Pratt was the binding factor then and Jurassic producers Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg go a long way back with Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy and director JJ Abrams, not to mention creator George Lucas. So it’s a mutual admiration society all around.
“Our sole focus has been creating a film that delivers that one-of-a-kind Star Wars experience, and director JJ Abrams, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and the Lucasfilm team have outdone themselves,” Disney chairman Alan Horn said at the weekend.
The highly anticipated seventh installment of the space saga has blazed a record-setting trail since its domestic debut last Thursday, taking the prize for highest-grossing domestic opening night with $57 million and biggest domestic single-day sales Friday with $120.5 million.
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