To the surprise of almost nobody at all, Star Wars: The Force Awakens destroyed everything in its path last weekend, smashing any number of previously held box office records with an eye watering tally of $517m.
With $238m of that in the US alone, Star Wars: The Force Awakens comfortably beat Jurassic World's record for a US opening weekend by $30m. It also scored the biggest opening weekend figures pretty much everywhere else it played, including here in the UK ($48.9m), Australia, New Zealand, Japan and across Europe.
Interestingly, it has yet to beat Jurassic World for the biggest ever opening worldwide – Jurassic World took in a colossal $524.9m in the summer, while Star Wars: The Force Awakens currently stands at $517m. That said, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has yet to reach China, which gave Jurassic World $99m of their global tally. So expect that domino to fall too come 9 January. China has three more weeks of spoiler avoidance to go.
Written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes), the film stars Star Wars veterans Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and new saga arrivals Oscar Isaac, John Boyega (Attack The Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Adam Driver (Girls), Andy Serkis (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave), Gwendoline Christie (Game Of Thrones), Max von Sydow (Shutter Island), Christina Chong (W.E.), Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson.
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