Star Wars: The Force Awakens Shatters Box Office Record, Scoring $238 Million in Opening Weekend

Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke the opening weekend box office record. Credit: Courtesy Lucasfilm 2015

It seems like the entire world saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend, as the new film shattered the opening weekend box office record with an astounding $238 million in ticket sales.

“This is a record that will stand for a long time,” Jeff Bock, an analyst at Exhibitor Relations, told Variety on Sunday, December 20. “This gives us an idea of how much a movie can make on a particular weekend.”

The newest film in the George Lucas-created franchise — directed by J.J. Abrams — broke the previous record of Jurassic World, which opened this summer at $208.8 million in ticket sales.

And that’s not all. Star Wars: The Force Awakens — which cost $350 million to produce and promote — garnered a whopping $517 million worldwide in ticket sales on its opening weekend.

The film’s success isn’t too surprising, given the fact that it had already broken pre-sale ticket records.

“It was bigger than a movie,” Dave Hollis, Disney’s distribution chief, said. “It became a cultural event.”

Disney, the studio behind the newest installment in the Star Wars series, is set to release four more Star Wars films.

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