Estimates for the opening weekend box-office of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” keep being revised upwards with Disney’s current estimates standing at $225 million in the United States alone for the three-day weekend.
If true, that would place the new film more than $16 million ahead of the six-month-old record by Universal’s “Jurassic World” which opened at $208.4 million in June. At the same time audiences have given the film an ‘A’ CinemaScore with an A+ grade among women and under 25s which means the film should have long legs and dominate cinema for many weeks to come.
‘Force’ is also expected to eclipse the international opening weekend record of $316.1 million and the worldwide opening record of $524.9 million held by “Jurassic World”. In related news, the Broadcast Film Critics Association will reportedly poll members on Monday about adding “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as an eleventh best picture nominee in its Critics’ Choice Award nominations list.