Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’re probably aware of this little film called “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Yeah, it hasn’t even been two months since it premiered in theaters and it’s already rewriting the box office record books. Two more big records just fell and I think it’s worth a reminder that it will eventually leave theaters and with it your chance to see Episode VII on the big screen. Don’t let that come to pass without seeing Rey, Finn, Poe, and BB-8 one more time.
According to those who track these sorts of things, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has crossed the $900 million mark at the domestic box office. It’s the first, and only, film to reach this milestone. Tomorrow (only the 53rd day of global release), “The Force Awakens” is expected to reach the $2 billion mark worldwide, becoming only the third film ever to do so and just the second to do it in original release.
“This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made Star Wars: The Force Awakens such an extraordinary success,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “The film’s achievements are truly astounding, and it’s our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the Star Wars legacy alive for many years to come.”
Over the course of its eight-week run, it has set numerous other records, including:
- Biggest domestic preview gross ($57 million)
- Biggest opening day domestically ($119.1 million)
- Biggest domestic second weekend ($149.2 million)
- Biggest domestic third weekend ($90.2 million)
- Biggest opening week domestically ($390.8 million)
- Biggest opening weekend in 18 territories: U.K. (4-day), Australia, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Poland (3-day), Denmark (5-day), Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, Iceland, Serbia, New Zealand
- Fastest film to $1B globally (12 days)
- Biggest film of all time in the U.S. and the U.K.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt, and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was named one of AFI’s top ten films of 2015 and has received five Academy Award nominations, for film editing, visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing, and for series composer John Williams’ original score.
Alright, what do you think the film’s final domestic and global totals will be? I’m estimating $1.29 Billion domestic and $2.66 Billion internationally. With another 30-35 days at the box office it should be able to pull in another $129 million, I expect to see at least that amount internationally. That will put it well above Titanic, but just below Avatar.
The Star Wars Saga continues December 15, 2017, in Star Wars: Episode VIII, picking up in the wake of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Later this year, Rogue One, a new adventure detailing events prior to Star Wars: A New Hope, takes flight on December 16, 2016.