The Force has a worldwide pull on moviegoers, with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” taking in $72.7 million from 44 international markets in its first two days.
The seventh Star Wars movie smashed records for the biggest single day of all time in the U.K./Ireland with $14.4 million, Germany with $6.8 million, Sweden with $2.7 million and Norway with $1.1 million. In addition to that quartet, “The Force Awakens” set opening day records in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Belgium, Finland, Netherlands, Switzerland (French-speaking), Austria, Ukraine, Slovakia, Croatia, Iceland, Serbia, Chile and Peru.
The Disney-Lucasfilm movie began its international rollout on Wednesday with $14.1 million Dec. 16 in 12 markets, followed by $58.6 million on Thursday as an additional 32 markets launched.
With a $57 million record from preview showings in the U.S. on Thursday night, “The Force Awakens” has generated a worldwide total of $129.7 million in its first two days.
The film, which carries a production cost of at least $200 million, will open in Japan, Spain and most other markets Friday except for Greece and India, which open Dec. 24, and China, which opens on Jan. 9.
“The Force Awakens” is directed by J.J. Abrams and is opening following months of a massive marketing build-up by Disney. The cast includes Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o and Domhnall Gleeson along with original “Star Wars” stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
The U.K. led the way with $14.4 million, followed by France’s two-day total of $7.8 million, Germany with $7.1 million, Australia with $6.8 million, Mexico with $3.4 million, Italy with $3.1 million, Russia with $2.9 million and Brazil and Sweden with $2.7 million each.
“The Force Awakens” could eclipse the international opening weekend record of $316.1 million, set by “Jurassic World.”
The film set records as the biggest Disney opening day of all time in France, Denmark, South Africa, Czech Republic and Turkey. Imax records were set in the UK/Ireland, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Austria, Turkey, Portugal, Qatar, UAE, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, Chile, Costa Rica, Trinidad.