Star Wars: The Force Awakens technically only opened today, but between early screenings, midnight showings, and the fact that it’s already been out for close to 24 hours in other parts of the world, Disney’s latest blockbuster looks set to smash many box office records.
The film had raked in $14.1 million just from European markets, before it had even officially opened in North America. Here are some of the highlights, via ComingSoon.net:
– Biggest single industry day of all-time in Norway and Sweden.
– Biggest industry opening day of all-time in Belgium, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland (French-speaking).
– Biggest Disney opening day of all-time in France, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, South Africa and Switzerland (French-speaking).
– Biggest opening day of 2015 in Belgium, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland (French-speaking).
– All markets are the biggest Star Wars opening days ever.
– France – #1 opening with biggest ever December, Disney and Star Wars opening day. More than double the opening day of Avengers and almost double the opening day of Jurassic World.
– Italy – #1 opening with biggest ever December and Star Wars opening day. Almost double the opening day of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
– Several markets posted the biggest IMAX opening day of all-time.
There’s a pretty good chance that by the time North American audiences empty their wallets for their tickets, The Force Awakens will topple the Thursday opening record that Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows set when it opened. At this rate, it may even destroy the previous opening weekend record of $208.8 million, set earlier this year by Jurassic World. Frankly, no one will be surprised if it does.