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Star Wars: The Force Awakens boasted the biggest Tuesday in history at the domestic box office with $37.3 million from 4,134 theaters, more than the previous record-holder The Amazing Spider-Man made on its opening day on the eve of the July Fourth holiday in 2012 ($35 million).
J.J. Abrams’ juggernaut has now earned $325.4 million in North America, becoming the fastest film to cross $300 million, a feat accomplished in five days of release. It took this summer’s Jurassic World, the previous record-holder, eight days.
Worldwide, the Disney and Lucasfilm release has earned $689.4 million through Tuesday, already passing the entire global run of Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation ($682.3 million) to become the No. 7 title of the year. Overseas, it took in $41.2 million Tuesday for a foreign total of $364 million. The U.K. leads with $68.2 million, followed by Germany ($36.1 million), France $31.6 million), Australia ($25.3 million) and Japan ($18.3 million).
In many countries, including the U.S., Force Awakens is seeing a midweek boost from kids and college students being out of school for the year-end holidays.
Abrams’ critically acclaimed reboot, set 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, features a strong female heroine in Rey, a young scavenger played by newcomer Daisy Ridley. Rey and a renegade stormtrooper (John Boyega) band together to challenge a rising evil that includes a new planet-killing laser cannon.
The film also stars Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o and Domhnall Gleeson, along with original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
Over the weekend, Force Awakens launched to a stunning $248 million domestically and $529 million globally, wresting the crown from Jurassic World, which opened to $208.8 million in North America and $524 million worldwide.
At this rate, there’s no telling how high Force Awakens will ultimately fly in terms of box-office revenue, since films over the year-end holidays can see huge multiples. James Cameron’s Avatar opened to $77 million on the same weekend in 2009 on its way to becoming the top-grossing film of all time with $2.79 billion in global ticket sales, including $760.5 million domestically. And on the weekend before Christmas in 1996, Cameron’s Titanic took in a mere $28.6 million on its way to grossing $2.19 billion worldwide.
Elsewhere in North America, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip also saw a boost from kids being available. The Fox movie was up 36 percent from Monday, grossing $4 million from 3,653 locations for a five-day domestic total of $21.3 million.
The Road Chip placed No. 2, followed by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s female-skewing Sisters. From Universal, the R-rated comedy grossed an estimated $3 million from 2,961 theaters for a five-day cume of $19.4 million.
Coming in at No. 4 was Disney and Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, now in its fourth week. The animated film grossed $1.5 million from 2,755 locations for a cume hovering around $100 million. Lionsgate’s Thanksgiving tentpole The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 rounded out the top five, earning an estimated $1.4 million from 2,653 theaters for a domestic total north of $257 million. Globally, the movie has jumped the $600 million mark.
The Christmas marquee will get even more crowded as five other movies open nationwide, including Adam McKay’s financial dramedy The Big Short, which expands Wednesday into a total of 1,600 locations after a promising limited run in eight locations. On Friday, Concussion, Daddy’s Home, Joy and Point Break open.
At the specialty box office, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight commences its exclusive 70mm film run in 100 theaters, while Alejandro G. Inarritu’s The Revenant opens in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles.
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