Fun fact: Back in 1977, the original Star Wars made $6.8 million.
The newest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, made over eight times that during Thursday night screenings alone and broke the single-day record previously held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
From there, “Episode VII” has gone on to make over half a billion dollars at the box office, globally, and break just about every other record imaginable. Here are all the records The Force Awakens has broken so far, according to Variety:
1. Biggest Thursday Preview Gross with $57 million in North America
2. Biggest Domestic Debut ever with $238 million in North America
3. Biggest Friday Gross Ever with $120.5 million
4. First Film to Post Single-Day Gross Over $100 Million
5. Fastest Film to Make $100 Million and $200 Million
6. Biggest December Debut Ever, besting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
7. Highest Per-Theater Average for a Wide Release with $57,568
8. Biggest Opening Weekend of All Time in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Ukraine, and the U.K.
9. Biggest Imax Debut Ever with $48 million
10. Most Pre-Sales Ever, with over $100 million, besting The Dark Knight Rises
11. Best Opening for a Star Wars Film, besting Revenge of the Sith
Even after shattering all those records, it seemed like The Force Awakens still might fall short of the biggest global debut record set by the other biggest film of the year: Jurassic World.
Varietypreviously reported that with $238 million domestically and $517 million globally, the latest Star Wars film had fallen just short of the latest Jurassic Park movie’s $524.9 million opening weekend. Now, Disney CEO Bob Iger has said that the numbers are even higher than reported -- and that The Force Awakens may have actually earned $538 million and clinched that record too.
Oh, and The Force Awakens did it without the Chinese market -- the film does not open there until Jan. 9 -- where JurassicWorld made at least $90 million. Which is all to say: Sorry, Indominus rex. Guess B.D. Wong will have to whip up an even bigger, scarier, teeth-ier dino next time.
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