Star Wars: The Force Awakens Slashing Box Office Records

Star Wars: The Force Awakens box office

Take one of the most hyped movies of all time that relaunches one of the most beloved sagas of all time, then mix in stellar early reviews and you have a clear path for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to mow down records at the box office.

The first strike by the J.J. Abrams sequel came on Thursday night where $57 million was earned domestically from a combination of traditional, 3D and IMAX showings beginning at 7 pm. Warner’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 previously held the Thursday night record with a distant $43.5 million.

It was a foregone conclusion that Friday’s single-day record, also held by the final Harry Potter film, would also fall given that the Thursday record was beaten by such a wide margin. Sure enough, Star Wars: The Force Awakens crushed the Potter record with $120.5 million versus $91 million, a roughly 33 percent beat.

The next record that will fall is the three-day opening set this past June by Universal’s Jurassic World, which also served to relaunch a beloved franchise. That film earned $208.4 million its opening weekend while The Force Awakens is currently pacing to grab somewhere between $220 and $230 million assuming Saturday tops $60 million, which it should, and depending on how Sunday plays out.

There are two other box office records that Star Wars: The Force Awakens stands poised to topple as well. The international opening record of $316.1 million and worldwide record of $524.9, both held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, are well within striking distance for the well-oiled Star Wars machine following record debuts in numerous international countries.

With a 95% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, Star Wars: The Force Awakens should have strong legs right through the holiday season and into early 2016. It will surely crack the top three all-time movie earners both domestically and worldwide, but whether it threatens James Cameron heavyweights Titanic and Avatar in the top two spots won’t be determined for months to come.

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