Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke all previous opening weekend box office movie records.
In a statement released by Disney on December 20, it was announced that the movie earned $238 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales, the most ever.
The latest installment in the Star Wars franchise earned $57 million in its debut on Thursday night, December 17.
On its opening day, Friday December 18, the movie earned an estimated $120.5 million, which makes it the first movie to earn over $100 million in a day. That box office haul also breaks the record of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2‘s $91 million which was the previous record holder for the largest Friday, opening day and single day box office results.
The Force Awakens also defeated the previous record holder for a December opening weekend records held by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which earned $84.62 million. That movie also had the single day record December record with $37.13 million.
The current record holder for an opening weekend is 2015’s Jurassic World, with $208.8 million. Insiders predict that The Force Awakens is likely to earn $225-240 million, shattering the Jurassic haul.
A positive reception for the movie is expected to help it do well in earnings, since good word of mouth will slow the amount it drops from week to week. It scored an “A” CinemaScore movie rating from audiences, including an “A+” grade among women, and “A+” scores with audiences under 18 and under 25. 98% of audiences gave the movie an “A” or “B” rating. It currently has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which means that it is “certified fresh” by a majority of critics overall and with the top tier of movie critics.
The Force Awakens currently holds the following box office earnings records:
Largest Thursday Previews: $57 million
Largest Friday, Opening Day, Single Day: $120.5 million (estimated)
December Single Day: $120.5 million (estimated)
Widest December Opening: 4,134 theaters
December Opening Weekend: $120.5 million… and counting
Fastest to $100 Million: 1 Day