‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Breaks Christmas Eve Box Office Record
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” earned $27.1 million at the U.S. box office on Christmas Eve, easily breaking the record set by “Avatar” in 2009 of $11.2 million.
It also broke the 7-day record of $296.2 million set in June by the first week of “Jurassic World.”
The seventh “Star Wars” film already has earned $391.1 million in seven days in domestic grosses, and is predicted to reach the $1 billion mark by the end of the weekend worldwide.
“The Force Awakens” is already the 22nd highest domestic grosser of all time. Its Christmas Eve grosses pushed it past the notable hits “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” ($381 million), “Finding Nemo” ($380.8 million) and “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” ($380.3 million).
On Christmas Eve, “The Force Awakens” took in 13 times the amount of its closest rivals, Fox’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Trip” with $2 million at 3,653 sites in its seventh day and Paramount’s “The Big Short” with $1.7 million at 1,585 theaters on its second day in wide release.