‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Falls Short of ‘Jurassic World’ Global Box Office Record

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens” racked up $517 million globally in its first weekend in theaters, a massive launch that falls just shy of a record opening.

The film debuted on over 30,000 screens internationally, scoring first place finishes in every major market where it debuted with the exception of Korea and Vietnam.

“The Force Awakens” could not trump “Jurassic World’s” record worldwide debut of $524.9 million, but that film also benefited from an opening in China where it made more than $90 million in its first weekend of release. The latest “Star Wars” doesn’t hit the People’s Republic until Jan. 9.

Even without China, it was still a gigantic global launch. “Star Wars” has debuted in nearly 70% of the international market, with Greece and India joining China as the few countries left to see the film. Walt Disney Studios backed the $200 million production and is looking for “The Force Awakens” to reinvigorate the science-fiction franchise as it hopes to create two more sequels and a raft of spinoffs and prequels.

Without “Star Wars,” local Chinese films dominated the world’s second-largest film market. “Mojin: The Lost Legend,” a fantasy film about a group of grave robbers, picked up $85 million in its inaugural weekend, while “Surprise – Journey to the West” earned $24 million in its sophomore weekend, pushing its total to $34 million.

Disney and Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” and South Korean adventure drama “The Himalayas” rounded out the top five highest-grossing films overseas, earning $9.2 million and $8.5 million, respectively. “The Good Dinosaur” has made $189.6 million since opening in November, while “The Himalayas” was able to hold off “Star Wars” on Korean box office charts.

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  1. Shane Dalton says:

    This is bull, Star Wars did beat Jurassic world. Whoever wrote this article needs to do a little more research. Cinemablend has a tweet from the Jurassic World director congratulating them.

  2. David A says:

    The Sunday night box office tickets have just been adjusted . Star Wars actually did beat Jurrasic Parks GLOBAL record. Might be time to update or delete this article.

  3. Adam says:

    The Jurassic World producer just congratulated Star Wars on Twitter…I’d say the debate is over.

  4. Taka says:

    I feel pity for those Star Wars fanatics, trying to give excuses to justify their ‘deluded’ triumph…lol Fact is fact, Jurassic World is the BEST! Yay!

  5. Santiago Amador says:

    L.A. Times says they broke the record by a few million. Someone got their data wrong.

  6. jsm1963 says:

    Damn you Jurassic World! (shakes fist)

  7. Jacques Strappe says:

    Seven million short of Jurassic World’s global haul, without including the largest international market of China (the second largest global market as well, after the US still makes Star Wars the global champ in my book, comparing the two films to the same markets they debuted in. It’s all moot in the end since Star Wars: The Force Awakens will ultimately tower over Jurassic World. It is breaking box office records in every country where it has debuted, with the exception of Vietnam and Korea.

  8. cadavra says:

    If JW made over $90 million in its first weekend in China, then the comparison is indeed in need of an asterisk. Does the name Roger Maris ring a bell?

    • Anonymous says:

      Then Disney includes Thursday in it weekend count, that’s 57mill. So call it even with universals China debut, which is more legit than including Thursday….

      • Jedi77 says:

        Ahem, Universal also includes thursday screenings, beginning af 7PM. The comparison is 100%, the only difference is China. Hence the asterisk.

  9. Caroosta says:

    Misleading headline. Once we read the story we find Variety left out the part about China. Nice bait.

  10. Tom Tuttle from Tacoma says:

    Who cares? TFA is grounded in reality whereas Jurassic World is just CGI fakery.

  11. mike says:

    better get your facts straight.
    starwars is number 1

  12. alan says:

    huge difference….the force awakens is a very good movie…jurassic world was terrible. the original jurassic park was very good, but not as good as the force awakens….not by a long shot.

  13. James Heckel says:

    Funny how Variety said “Star Wars could not trump…” I thought they hated that guy! Happy Holidays from JRH Consulting! (We did the original in ’77.)

  14. Ok. So there’s the difference even without opening China Star Wars TFA is more powerful than Jurassic Park just a few thousands behind the record.

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