December 20, 2015


'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Earns $238 Million, Biggest Opening Weekend Ever

It's official: Star Wars: The Force Awakens has earned the biggest opening weekend of all time at the domestic box office, hauling in an estimated $238 million in North America since Thursday night (Dec. 17).

The seventh episode in the Star Wars franchise--and the first since Disney acquired the franchise in 2012--was crushing records all weekend, first earning the biggest Thursday-night bow ever, then the biggest opening day ever. Now it has passed the $208.8 million opening weekend record set by Jurassic World last summer.

According to Variety's breakdown of ticket sales, 58 percent of ticket buyers so far have been male, while a whopping 47 percent spent the extra few bucks to see Star Wars in 3D. The Force Awakens follows Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, which was released in 2005.

The latest Star Wars also scored the second-biggest worldwide release in history, earning $517 million globally. The film's international box office will see an even bigger spike when it opens in China on Jan. 9.