What do you do after you’ve had the biggest domestic opening weekend, the biggest worldwide opening weekend, biggest December opening weekend, and biggest per screen average on an opening weekend, as well as the single biggest opening day, Friday and Sunday box office records of all time? Why you continue to break box office records, of course. Yesterday, Star Wars: The Force Awakens took the crown from Spider-Man 2 for the biggest Monday haul in movie history. It’s the latest chess piece to fall as Walt Disney Studios sets its sights on taking the all-time box office champ crown, while The Force Awakens sails for what should be another record-breaking weekend.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Force Awakens added another $40.1 million to the bank Monday, which means the latest Star Wars movie has surpassed $610 million worldwide, and will likely pass the $300 million goalpost domestically later today. By comparison, Spider-Man 2 took in $27.7 million on its first Monday back in 2004, and Jurassic World took almost eight days before it reached $300 million earlier this year.
Disney execs are exercising humility in their reaction. “Our sole focus has been creating a film that delivers that one-of-a-kind Star Wars experience, and director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and the Lucasfilm team have outdone themselves,” Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement today. Presumably, Horn went and bought himself three new boats after firing that off.
Market analysts will next have their eye on what kind of business The Force Awakens does in its second weekend, another record held by Jurassic World with $106.6 million. Of other interest maybe whether Star Wars might beat the record-holder for Christmas Day grosses, 2009’s Sherlock Holmes, which holds that card with $24.6 million. More importantly though, number crunchers will be looking to see how long it takes The Force Awakens to reach $1 billion internationally. The all-time record-holder for worldwide gross remains Avatar with $2.79 billion. With its Monday money, Star Wars now sits at about 102nd place, but crossing $1 billion would put it in the Top 25. The question now is just how big of a threat might Star Wars be to Avatar’s crown?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now in theaters everywhere.
Source: Comic Book Movie