In news that really shouldn’t surprise anyone with a Facebook or Twitter account, Star Wars: The Force Awakens completely shattered box office records during its opening weekend.
The latest addition into the Star Wars universe raked in an estimated $238 million this weekend, and that’s just in the U.S. alone. Thus trumping the previous highest domestic opening weekend total of $208.8 million, set by Jurassic World earlier this year. One other record it smashed was the best first day opening, bringing in $120.5 million on Friday.
Not only did The Force Awakens do well domestically, it cleaned up overseas, earning $279 million from the international market and giving it a worldwide opening total of $517 million. That number still falls short when compared to Jurassic World – who holds the record at $524.9 million – but the final numbers on Star Wars are still coming in and that may give it a boost to #1. It also has not premiered in China, who have a significant role in increasing worldwide revenue and helped amass $99 million for Jurassic World its opening weekend.
One record The Force Awakens has the potential to top is the total domestic box office record of $760.5 million held by Avatar. It’s currently far behind that, but with Christmas and New Years ahead, the holidays could help reign in the numbers to push it ahead. One other record held by Avatar is the the worldwide lifetime total box office record of $2.78 billion, and if anyone could beat it, it’s Star Wars, we’ll wait and see.