‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trending Towards $120 M Opening Day, $240 M Opening Weekend
The U.S. box office numbers of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” are staggering as the estimates are now at $120 million for opening day.
Disney is now pushing their opening weekend estimates to at least $225 million.
Reviews have also been positive which means this movie is going to have a long (and very profitable) run.
Just incredible. Simple incredible.
The updated estimate from Disney places the seventh Star Wars movie more than $16 million ahead of the six-month-old record by Universal’s “Jurassic World,” which opened at $208.4 million on the June 12-14 weekend.
And in a sign indicating the movie will have an especially long run at multiplexes, opening day audiences have given “The Force Awakens” an A CinemaScore — including an A+ grade among women and A+ scores with audiences under 18 and under 25. A total of 98% of audiences gave the film an A or B.
Disney also boosted its Friday estimate from at least $100 million in the early afternoon to $120 million by the late afternoon to as much as $125 million by late evening. That number obliterates the U.S. opening day record of $91 million for 2011’s “Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”
“The Force Awakens” started its U.S. box office run in record-setting fashion with $57 million in Thursday night previews — 31% above the $43.5 million in previews for the final Harry Potter film. The previews are part of the Friday total.
— Gitesh Pandya (@giteshpandya) December 19, 2015