Saturday, 19 December 2015

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' blasts box office records

Star Wars: The Force Awakens grows more powerful as its opening weekend continues to blast through box office records.

Walt Disney Studios and Rentrak tracking service now estimate that Friday's opening day numbers will reach the $120 - $125 million range.

Studio estimates previously had this number at $100 million — already a record for an opening day — beating Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 in 2011 which made $91.1 million.

This updated $120 - $125 million number includes a $57 million total for Thursday "preview" shows, which is also a record for Thursday previews.

New studio estimates and Rentrak further estimate that the J.J. Abrams-directedForce Awakens will destroy the weekend box office record with at least a $225 million weekend total. This will stomp on the current weekend record held by Jurassic Worldat $208.8 million from June 2015.

"(The Force Awakens) is the box office equivalent of the 100-year flood. It's definitely, no question, a new all-time weekend record," says Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Rentrak. "It's just a matter of HOW big this weekend number will get. A lot of that will depend on how the movie does on Saturday."

"This is an major event in the history of movies and yet there's still tickets available," says Dergarabedian.

The Force Awakens also earned an "A" audience grade on CinemaScore to go with its stellar 95% critical approval rating on

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