Playing in 4,134 theaters domestically, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has posted an estimated $120.5 million its first day, including $57 million in Thursday evening previews, making it the highest single day on record and the first film to break the $100 million mark in a single day. The previous one-day record was set in July 2011 by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 with $91.1 million. Walt Disney Pictures is forecasting an opening weekend near $220 million for the Lucasfilm release, which will break the opening weekend record of $208.8 million set by Jurassic World in June.
Audiences gave the film an A CinemaScore, including an A+ among women and younger audiences, which combined with its 95% Rotten Tomatoes score should provide enormous momentum through the weekend and the run.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens began its international rollout on Dec. 16, adding Spain and Japan yesterday and continuing to dominate with #1 debuts everywhere. The three-day international total is an estimated $129.5 million, bringing the global total to $250 million. The film is now open in all territories except Greece and India, which open Dec. 24, and China, which opens on Jan. 9. International highlights include:
– Biggest single day of all time in UK/Ireland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland
– Biggest opening day of all time in UK/Ireland, Germany, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Belgium, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland (French-speaking), Austria, Ukraine, Slovakia, Croatia, Iceland, Serbia, Chile, Peru, Poland, Hungary
– Biggest Disney opening day of all-time in France, Denmark, South Africa, Czech Republic, Turkey, Serbia
– Biggest December opening day in France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Russia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam
– IMAX records set in UK/Ireland, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Austria, Turkey, Portugal, Qatar, UAE, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, Chile, Costa Rica, Trinidad
Highlights of the major markets include:
- UK $24.7M
Other Territories $40.2M
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and features a new generation of swashbuckling heroes and shadowy villains, as well as the return of fan-favorite smugglers, princesses, and Jedi.