Box Office: ‘Star Wars’ Soars to Record-Breaking Monday With $40.1 Million Domestically

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens” continued to barrel past records on Monday, earning $40.1 million domestically.

That stateside gross passed the previous high-water mark for a Monday set by “Spider-Man 2” in 2004, when the superhero sequel picked up $27.2 million over the July 4th holiday. “The Force Awakens” has made $288.1 million in North American ticket sales. It was bolstered by school holidays — more than 70% of schools are off Monday and that percentage will climb as the week progresses and Christmas nears.

Internationally, the film added $41.7 million in receipts, pushing its worldwide gross to $610.8 million worldwide. Many box office analysts believe that “The Force Awakens” has a chance to join “Titanic” and “Avatar” as the only films to cross the $2 billion mark globally.

Over the weekend, the sci-fi epic shattered records with a $248 million domestic debut and a $529 million global launch. Its launch shot past the records set this summer by “Jurassic World” ($208.8 million domestic, $524.9 million worldwide).

“The Force Awakens” has been widely acclaimed by critics for evoking the spirit of adventure established by George Lucas’ original trilogy of films. J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek”) handled the directing duties on the $200 million production, overseeing a cast of “Star Wars” veterans like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher and integrating them with newcomers such as Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.

The film is intended to set up a new trilogy, along with sequels and spinoff films. Disney, which backed “The Force Awakens,” spent $4 billion in 2012 to acquire Lucasfilm, the company behind the “Star Wars” universe.

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  1. Munchack says:

    The review in Disneyleaks is right on. This is the least imaginative or original Star Wars movie so far. It was just a scene-by-scene ripoff of the Episodes IV and V that was so predictable that any true Star Wars fan would feel let down that Disney decided only to reboot the original movies. It was a big disappointment.

  2. Kyle Lauren says:

    Under the main photo : “COURTESY OF DISNEY/LUCAS FILM”

    Not a big deal by any means, but just a heads up : Lucasfilm is one word.

  3. George Dixon says:

    70% of schools were NOT “off on Monday”

    • Kyle Lauren says:

      Is there no limit to what some people choose to be outraged about? Did you really NEED to post that? What healing purpose did it serve in your life?

  4. Michael111 says:

    Almost. It will break all the speed records and almost all the single day records (the one exception will probably be opening Saturday, which Jurassic World still holds by a hair), whether measured in dollars or tickets sold (and for domestic and global). It should also pass Avatar for the all-time domestic gross. The two major long-term stats are trickier: (1) Avatar’s total gross worldwide of $2.7B and (2) Avatar’s domestic ticket sales of 97 million (the most for any movie since Titanic, which sold 135 million tickets in the pre-“theatrical home viewing” era, an unattainable benchmark). I think TFA can reach 98 million tickets in North America, for a gross around $850M. Pulling in another $1.9B internationally will, I think, be nearly impossible. It would mean TFA makes 2/3 of its money overseas, when no other Star Wars film has managed more than 55%.

    • Jonathan Bowen says:

      Not to be a contrarian because overall your analysis is good but you’re way way off on Avatar. It sold roughly 75 million tickets, far short of The Phantom Menace, in North America. You can google this as well – remember, it was 80% 3D tickets sold so you can’t take the 2009 ticket average and apply it to the domestic total. Luckily many sources have already cited the ticket sales as 75 million.

  5. MovieGeek says:

    This is going to break all records!!

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