Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opens to Record $57 Million on Thursday!

Posted by at 11:28 am on December 18, 2015


Star Wars: The Force Awakens posted an estimated $57 million in Thursday evening previews, topping the previous industry record of $43.5 million set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011. 3D is an impressive 47% of the night with IMAX posting $5.7 million from 391 screens, nearly doubling the previous record of $3 million. Domestically across all formats, the film plays in 4,134 theaters this weekend, a record for the month of December.

Lucasfilm‘s Star Wars: The Force Awakens began its international rollout on December 16 in 12 markets, followed by an additional 32 markets on December 17, opening #1 in each and bringing its two-day international total to $72.7 million and a global cume near $130 million. International highlights include:

– Biggest single day of all time in UK/Ireland, Germany, Norway and Sweden
– Biggest opening day of all time in UK/Ireland, Germany, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Belgium, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland (French-speaking), Austria, Ukraine, Slovakia, Croatia, Iceland, Serbia, Chile, Peru
– Biggest Disney opening day of all-time in France, Denmark, South Africa, Czech Republic, Turkey
– Biggest December opening day in France, Italy, Mexico, Argentina, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore
– IMAX records set in UK/Ireland, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Austria, Turkey, Portugal, Qatar, UAE, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, Chile, Costa Rica, Trinidad

In addition to its North American debut, Star Wars: The Force Awakens adds Japan and Spain today for a day-and-date release across all territories except Greece and India, which open December 24, and China, which opens on January 9. You can view the international numbers below:

UK $14.4M
France $7.8M
Germany $7.1M
Australia $6.8M
Mexico $3.4M
Italy $3.1M
Russia $2.9M
Brazil $2.7M
Sweden $2.7M
Other territories $21.8M
Total $72.7M

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and features a new generation of swashbuckling heroes and shadowy villains, as well as the return of fan-favorite smugglers, princesses, and Jedi.


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