The force has definitely been unleashed by “Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens” over the weekend.
The Hollywood Reporter details that the highly-anticipated seventh film in the “Star Wars” franchise grossed a massive $238 million opening in North America. Meanwhile, the J.J. Abrams-directed film opened to a $517 million global launch.
According to the website, the domestic opening of “The Force Awakens” was the biggest opening of all time. However, the film is behind “Jurassic World” when it comes to its global opening–which launched to a $524.9 million. Still, THR notes that “Jurassic World” had the opportunity to open in China which is dubbed as the second largest moviegoing audience, while “The Force Awakens” which not launch there until January 9.
Meanwhile, Variety notes that other countries that are yet to watch “The Force Awakens” include Greece and India.
The website also details that the film is only the beginning of what Walt Disney Studios has in store for the franchise. Variety shares that after backing “The Force Awakens” for $200 million, the studio is looking forward to produce two more sequels, prequels and other spin-off films.
On the other hand, The Wall Street Journal also discusses that the opening box office success of “The Force Awakens” not only guarantees a stable future for Disney’s planned films on the franchise but also makes good business for potential TV series, theme parks, toys and video games.
WSJ also shares that according to Disney, audiences were willing to pay for more expensive ways to watch the film (namely in 3D screens and and IMAX).
The website also discusses that strong word-of-mouth will determine whether “The Force Awakens” will edge “Avatar’s” all-time global box office record of $2.79 billion.
“Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Adam Driver.
It is currently showing in theaters worldwide.