'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Los Angeles Theaters Dominate
J.J. Abrams' movie earned a record-breaking $120.5 million on Friday, beating the final 'Harry Potter' film to score the biggest single day of all time at the North American box office.
Angelenos love their Star Wars.
As of Saturday morning, four of Star Wars: The Force Awakens' top 10 grossing theaters were in Los Angeles, while a fifth, the Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, is in nearby Orange County. It was the only city to have multiple entries on the list.
The ArcLight Hollywood is the No. 1 earner in the country with $370,000 so far, followed by the AMC Empire 25 in New York City with $367,000, according to those with access to Rentrak data.
ArcLight Hollywood boasts the 856-seat Cinerama Dome, where Force Awakens has a high-profile berth. The Disney and Lucasfilm release is also playing in multiple other auditoriums at the complex.
Pacific Theatres, which owns the upscale ArcLight chain, is feeling the Force all the way around. ArcLight Sherman Oaks ranks No. 4, while ArcLight Pasadena is currently No. 10. The fourth Los Angeles theater on the top 10 list is Regal LA Live Stadium 14 (No. 7).
Not far from the ArcLight Hollywood, the famed TCL Chinese Theatre — where the first Star Wars premiered in 1977 — is no doubt seeing record traffic, but because it is only one screen, it wouldn't show up on the top 10 list.
The AMC Metreon 16 in downtown San Francisco — home of Lucasfilm — is the third top-grossing theater in the country, while AMC Tysons Corner 16 in Northern Virginia is No. 5, followed by the Irvine Spectrum. All three multiplexes have an Imax screen.
Rounding out the top 10 list is the Gateway Megaplex in Salt Lake City and AMC Loews Boston Common 19 in Boston, also home to an Imax screen.
Based on the enormity of Star Wars: The Force Awakens — director J.J. Abrams' movie took in a record-breaking $120.5 million on Friday for a projected $220 million-plus weekend — box-office analysts say there likely isn't a theater in the country that isn't benefiting from the film. Exhibitors have added shows to meet demand, according to Disney, which booked Force Awakens in 4,134 theaters in North America, a December record.
Force Awakens is playing in a variety of formats, including 3D, digital 2D and Imax 3D.