Force Awakens Just Obliterated Box Office Records

JJ Abrams and Co. rack up $238M in monster opening weekend
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 20, 2015 11:03 AM CST
Updated Dec 20, 2015 11:34 AM CST
Force Awakens Just Obliterated Box Office Records
Amy Poehler, left, and Tina Fey appear in a scene from the film, "Sisters."   (K. C. Bailey/Universal Pictures via AP)

To say that the force is strong with this one isn't nearly enough. Studio estimates on Sunday say Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought in a galactic $238 million over the weekend, making it the biggest North American debut of all time. The Walt Disney Co. earnings destroy the previous opening record set by Jurassic World, which drew $208.8 million this summer. Force Awakens has collected $517 million so far globally, reports CNN, which lags behind Jurassic World's $525 million, though the former hasn't yet opened in China. This weekend's monster opening gives Force Awakens records for biggest Thursday night opening, biggest single-day gross, biggest December opening, and of course, biggest opening weekend.

A few other movies tried to compete against JJ Abrams' seventh chapter in George Lucas' space saga. Almost a galaxy away, the animated Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip came in second with $14.4 million. In third place, the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy Sisters earned an estimated $13.42 million in its opening weekend. A whopping 79% of audiences were female for the R-rated comedy. (More Star Wars stories.)

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