‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ breaks record, estimated over $200 million weekend opening in U.S.


In case you have been living under a rock lately, the newest installment in the Star Wars saga, ‘Episode VII The Force Awakens’, hit theaters today, Friday, December 18th. There was already large amounts of buzz over the amount of success the movie saw in pre-sale tickets, but it looks like the weekend may prove to be better yet.

TechnoBuffalo reports that the film has broken one-day records in the UK with a total of $14.3 million in tickets sales which crushed the previous record held by the recently released Bond film, ‘Spectre’, totaled $9.2 million. Other countries brought in a cumulative total of $14.1 million with France in second place with a total of $5.2 million. Norway and Sweden both showed record one day ticket sales bring the global total sales after two days to $72. million.

In the U.S., ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ previously held the record for Thursday night sales with a total of $43.5 million and a Friday total of $91 million. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens blew that record out of the water with a Thursday night total of $57 million. With the U.S. totals added into the international pool, the film looks to be making a cool $130 million globally so far.

Some critics are skeptical, however, with the long-term success of the movie due to the demographics currently seeing the film. Right now the demographics show 71% of viewers are male and 53% are over the age of 25. One of the keys of long-term record holding is people viewing the film multiple times and, unfortunately for Star Wars, the current viewing demographic is not known for doing so. While it may clench the box office records for opening weekend, time will tell its success after Sunday.

It’s estimated to make over $200 million in the U.S. according to Variety. This could mean that the movie will beat out Jurassic World’s $208 million U.S. box office opening.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

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