Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken a box office record that was set by Jurassic World just six months earlier. The JJ Abrams directed movie took in $238 million in the US over the weekend.
Jurassic World had taken in $208.8 million during its opening weekend in June, making it the biggest grossing opening weekend of all-time.
Star Wars has managed to take in $517 million worldwide since it debuted on Wednesday. In comparison, Jurassic World took in $525 million for the entire month of June.
The Force Awakens hasn’t even opened in China, the world’s second-largest film market. The movie will debut in the country on January 9, 2016.
The new Star Wars film holds the records for biggest Thursday night opening, biggest one-day gross, biggest December debut, and now the biggest opening weekend of all time.
Star Wars was helped along by magnificent critic and public reviews.
The movie features new characters like Daisy Ridley’s scavenger Rey, Adam Driver’s villainous Kylo Ren, and John Boyega’s stormtrooper turned good Finn. The actors and actresses playing those characters have been lauded by critics and fans alike.
Star Wars could continue on its hot streak for months with slim pickings at the box office for January and February.
“With incredible reviews and an excited hardcore fan base that will want to go back over and over again, ‘Force Awakens’ will have long-term playability well into 2016 where it should earn the lion’s share of its potentially record-breaking worldwide revenue,” Dergarabedian said.
Star Wars’ huge success helped the US box office bring in $300 million in a single weekend for the first time in history.