Star Wars: The Force Awakens: box office record broken with $120.5 million opening
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J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens opened in theaters on Friday and achieved the highest single-day opening of any movie, according to box-office earnings posted by Disney. Including the $57 million from late Thursday night screenings, the film generated an estimated $120.5 million.
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These numbers not only surpass the previous record holder — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2‘s opening day earned $91.1 million — but make Episode VII the first film to surpass the $100 million on its first day. It’s also marks the largest opening weekend of any movie released in December, including the Hobbit films.
These numbers are in line with previous estimates, and place them on track to reach the projected $220 million for the opening weekend. To put that in perspective, Jurassic World, which is currently the third highest-grossing movie of all time, earned $208.8 million its opening weekend.
Looks like Chris Pratt and his raptor army are getting a run for their money.