Box Office Report: ‘Star Wars’ Nabs Historic $88.3M New Year’s, Hits $1.51B Globally, Highlight Hollywood News

J.J. Abrams’ universe shattering Star Wars: The Force Awakens grossed a record-breaking $88.3 million in North America over New Year’s weekend to close out the holidays with $740.3 million domestically and $1.51 billion globally for Disney and Lucasfilm. Domestically, it’s the biggest third weekend in history for any film.  Thanks to the movie’s massive showing, North American box-office revenue for 2015 hit a record $11 billion at the last minute, while global revenue crossed $38 billion for the first time in history, according to Rentrak. The holiday corridor also saw record revenue levels.Force Awakens is days away from overtaking Avatar ($760.8 million) to become the the top-grossing film of all time in North America, not accounting for inflation. It should achieve the milestone sometime on Tuesday or Wednesday after becoming the fastest title in history to hit $700 million, a feat accomplished in 16 days. It took Avatar, the previous champ, 72 days. 


Internationally, Abrams’ blockbuster earned $96.3 million over the weekend for a foreign total of $770.5 million. On Saturday, it leapt past Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.41 billion) to claim the No. 6 spot on the list of all-time top-grossing films. Offshore, the movie is performing strongest in Europe and Australia. Conversely, it’s not breaking records in some parts of Asia, such as South Korea, but expects to be a huge player in China when landing there Jan. 9.


Weekend Box Office 1/3/16

Rentrak Estimates for Weekend of 1/3/15
Weekend Cume Theaters Week
1. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens $88.3M $740.3M 4,134 3
2. Daddy’s Home $29M $93.7M 3342 2
3. The Hateful Eight $16.2M $29.6M 2474 2
4. Sisters $12.6M $61.7M 2978 3
5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip $11.8M $67.4M 3474 3
6. Joy $10.4M $38.7M 2924 2
7. The Big Short $9M $33M 1588 4
8. Concussion $8M $25.4M 2841 2
9. Point Break $6.8M $22.4M 2910 2
10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 $4.6M $274.2M 1485 7
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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