If you didn’t think Star Wars had a chance of beating Jurassic World‘s impressive box office records, this weekend sure blew that prediction out of the water, as it took in a $238 million domestically over the weekend, shattering Jurassic World‘s previous $208.8 million record from earlier this year. However, there is still one Jurassic World milestone that The Force Awakens failed to match.
Worldwide, Star Wars brought in $517 million, which is actually $8 million less than the $525 million Jurassic World made in its debut weekend. Before dino-fans start trying to rub it in the faces of Star Wars acolytes though, it’s important to point out that Jurassic World had a pretty big advantage in its court when it set that record: China. The Force Awakens has yet to open in China (it’s currently set for a January release), which is increasingly becoming one of the most important movie markets in the world, so it’s fair to assume that if it had opened there this weekend, it would have demolished Jurassic World‘s numbers.
Now that The Force Awakens has crushed almost every opening box office record, we’ll have to wait and see if it has what it takes to best Avatar‘s $2.8 billion all-time box office take. With the kind of start it’s had, it probably has a pretty good shot of doing so.