“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is hyperspeeding to a weekend total as high as of $220 million after setting an opening day box office record with $120.5 million generated on Friday, according to Saturday night estimates.
Should the estimates hold, Disney and Lucasfilm’s seventh installment in the saga will top the opening weekend record currently held by “Jurassic World,” which pulled in $208.4 million in its first three days when it bowed over the summer. “Force Awakens” might also speed past “Jurassic World’s” international opening weekend record of $316.1 million as well as its global opening record of $524.9 million.
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac star as new key players in the space opera, with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher reprising their iconic roles. “Force Awakens” takes place 30 years after the conclusion of 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.” J.J. Abrams directs.
This historic weekend is partly a result of a galaxy-wide marketing push, stoking fan excitement to new levels. Two diehard fans even tied the knot outside the TCL Chinese Theatre in honor of the film’s release.
Universal’s “Sisters” and Fox’s latest “Alvin and the Chipmunks” installment offer counterprogramming for those moviegoers uninterested in the adventures of the Skywalkers.
“Sisters,” starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, pulled in $5 million on Friday from 2,962 locations, while “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” netted $4 million in 3,653 locations. The pair should finish the weekend with about $14 million apiece.