Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Blasts Off Overseas With $14.1M Wednesday

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Still 20 Daisy Ridley - H 2015
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J.J. Abrams' movie is opening in most of the world this weekend, save for China.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens began its global assault on Wednesday, grossing $14.1 million from its first 12 international markets and eclipsing all previous Star Wars entries.

International Weekend 12/20/15

Rentrak for Weekend of 12/20/15
Weekend Cume
1. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens $279.0M $279.0M
2. Mojin: The Lost Legend $85.0M $85.0M
3. Surprise - Journey to the West $24.0M $34.0M
4. The Good Dinosaur $9.2M $93.1M
5. The Himalayas $8.5M $8.6M
6. Spectre $6.4M $642.2M
7. Bridge of Spies $4.5M $60.4M
8. In the Heart of the Sea $3.9M $49.6M
9. The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale $3.9M $4.0M
10. Sisters $1.8M $1.8M

France led with $5.2 million, one of the best showings of all time and almost double the opening-day results of Jurassic World. It's also the biggest launch ever for a Disney film, and more than double the first day of the studio's Marvel tentpole, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Most movies include previews in their opening-day results overseas; Force Awakens did not host any European previews this past weekend since it didn't make its world premiere until Monday.

Force Awakens also landed in Italy on Wednesday, grossing an impressive $2 million. That's the best start for December.

The Disney and Lucasfilm release — placing No. 1 everywhere — smashed records in Sweden and Norway, scoring the biggest single industry day of all time with $1.7 million and $1.1 million, respectively. And it nabbed the biggest opening day ever in Belgium ($800,000), Finland ($600,000), the Netherlands ($800,000) and French-speaking Switzerland.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, Force Awakens opens across the world this weekend — it begins playing in North America on Thursday night — save for China, where it debuts Jan. 9. In many countries, it has set records in terms of advance ticket sales.

This past summer, Jurassic World made history when opening to $524.9 million, including a record $208.8 million domestically and $316.4 million overseas. However, Jurassic World had the advantage of opening day-and-date in China.

Force Awakens launches Thursday in the U.K., Germany, Austria, Russia, South Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. It opens everywhere Friday in North America following Thursday-night previews, as well as in Japan, Spain and Venezuela.

On Wednesday, many Imax theaters saw their biggest opening day ever.