It was a history in the making this weekend as the seventh episode for Star Wars, Force Awakens, came out this week. This was the most anticipated movie ever since that it was announced that there would be a new episode. Fans came out in droves to see it not only once, but multiple times this weekend. It shows as the movie not only shatters records but the sets the bar so high that it may not be reached again.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings in a whopping $238 million in the first weekend. This beats out the other big movie to come out this year, Jurassic World’s, opening weekend by about $30 million. This is not the first record that the movie broke this week. Thursday, it broke the advance screening sales and also the highest single-day box office. And it’s only getting started. The movie goes on to break more records besides opening box office. The movie is the fastest to $100 million, $150 million, and $200 million. The record was previously held by Jurassic World for all three categories. At this pace, it should become the highest box office in movie history because you know that fans are not going to stop seeing it over and over again. Especially with it’s almost perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Despite the biggest movie of the decade coming out this weekend, the other two new movies did well with both of them reaching double digits at the box office. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip did well despite its lack of enthusiasm from the fans bringing in an estimated $14.4 million. The comedy from SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did well in Sisters bringing an estimated $13.4 million in the opening weekend.
Rounding out the top five is Mockingjay part 2 with an estimated $5.6 million. It looks like it’s going to fall short of the $300 million mark making it the lowest box office total for the series. Creed enjoys its Golden Globes nomination as it brings in an estimated $5 million over the weekend. It should cross the $100 million mark by the end of its run. For the rest of the box office, you can go here.
There is a laundry list of movies set to come out on Christmas this week, but Hateful Eight and Joy are the ones that might draw the biggest crowds. Star Wars is most likely going to be the top of the box office for a little while now, probably not leaving until Deadpool comes out in February.
What movie did you see this weekend?