After months of anticipation, the Force is more than just awakening, judging by how Star Wars fans flocked to theaters as the new film finally rolled out in theaters around the world. Yesterday, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened in 12 international markets, pulling in an estimated $14.1 million on opening day.
The Force Awakens set multiple records in several European markets, and it now holds the box office record for the biggest single day of all time in Norway and Sweden. Not only that, but Star Wars also set a new record as the biggest opening day of all time in Belgium, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.
In France, The Force Awakens secured the biggest opening day ever for a December opening, and for a Disney movie, and it earned more than double the opening days of The Avengers and Jurassic World. In Italy, it also notched the biggest December opening ever and the biggest Star Wars debut, too.
The Force Awakens opens today in another 32 international markets, including Germany, the U.K., Russia, Australia, Korea, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Tomorrow, it will also open in Japan and Spain. By the end of the weekend, it will be open in all global markets except China, India, and Greece, setting the stage for what could be a record-breaking global debut.
Just a few months ago, Jurassic World set the current record for all-time biggest international opening, earning $316.1 million overseas for a total global debut of $524.9 million. Danger that record could be in.