Star Wars: The Force Awakens expected to have the biggest opening day ever
As if the pre-order records, overseas earnings, and Thursday night showing cumes weren’t enough of an indication that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a box office hit, the latest projection suggests that the film is about to break three more box office records.
Disney officially announced that, following the $57 million the film earned in late-night showings on Thursday, along with the film’s West Coast matinee and East Coast primetime performances on Friday, The Force Awakens is projected to come in around $120 million for its first day in theaters. According to Box Office Mojo, that would break the single-day, opening-day and Friday box office records simultaneously. (The Thursday late-night showings are traditionally rolled into Friday box office on a film’s opening weekend.)
All three of those records were previous held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 in 2011, which took in $91.1 million on its first day. If successful, the total would also make The Force Awakens‘ first day in theaters bigger than any opening weekend of a film released in December. That record was previously held by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which took in $84.6 million during its opening weekend.
Disney also projects a likely $215 million opening weekend, slated to pass Jurassic World‘s record-setting $208.8 million opening weekend.
“We are obviously very encouraged by the record-breaking presales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but there are literally millions of tickets available for this weekend, and exhibitors have a lot of flexibility in terms of capacity and increasing the number of shows based on demand,” Disney’s EVP of Distribution Dave Hollis said.
Jurassic World holds the record for highest Saturday and Sunday box office results, taking in around $69.6 million on its first Saturday in theaters and $57.2 million on its first Sunday. Only two films have accumulated over $200 million on their opening weekends, Jurassic World and The Avengers, while Disney’s Avengers: Age of Ultron fell just shy this year with $191.2 million.
The $57 million Star Wars made in Thursday night showings was the highest of any film, beating out Deathly Hallows Part 2‘s $43.5 million. The film has already broken several other records and is poised to break several more.