Force Awakens Has $238M Opening Weekend

Well it’s official, J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has broken the “Jurassic World” record for the biggest opening weekend of all time… at least domestically.

The official studio estimates for the weekend are in and ‘Force Awakens’ grossed approximately $238 million in North America, with that number potentially climbing into the $240+ million range when final Sunday numbers are released in a day. That’s far above ‘World’ which pulled in $208 million earlier this year.

Internationally though ‘Jurassic’ remained king as the ‘Force Awakens’ international haul was $279 million while the entire global total clocked in at $517 million. In foreign opening weekends, ‘Wars’ was beaten by both “Jurassic World” ($316M) and the final “Harry Potter” ($314M), while in global opening weekends ‘Jurassic’ – which had the advantage of a day and date opening in China which ‘Force’ didn’t – remains just ahead with $517 million.

The big question now is how far can the film go – the movie topping the domestic box-office record held by “Avatar” with $760.5 million seems likely. Whether it’ll top that film’s $2.79 billion in global ticket sales though seems less certain.

Two other films dared to open nationwide this weekend – “Sisters” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” – with the pair scoring $13.4 million and $14.4 million respectively. Both got stomped on by the power of “Star Wars”.