CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – Star Wars: The Force Awakenscontinued its record setting pace into Sunday. According to Estimates and projections, Star Wars has beaten the opening weekend record by a solid $30 million dollars.
Here are a few of the records Star Wars has accumulated in its first 3 days:
Biggest Thursday preview gross: $57 million
- Biggest opening day (single day, Friday) $120 million
- Biggest opening weekend: $238 million
- Biggest December opening day, weekend
These numbers are based upon estimates for Friday and Saturday, and also on projections for Sunday. It is possible for the weekend number to be significantly adjusted due to the sheer size of the opening numbers. Most movies estimates fall within 5% of the actual numbers. If Star Wars estimates are off by 5% however, that would be a difference of $12 million.
Star Wars had a significant drop from its record breaking Friday to Saturday. The drop was however, smaller than the drop Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 had from its record breaking Friday to Saturday. Sunday projections are on the cautious side, estimating a 30% drop from Saturday to Sunday. That projection is twice as hard a fall as Harry Potterhad on its comparative Sunday. If Star Wars holds similarly to Harry Potter, that would add an additional $10 million to the $238 million total.
Regardless of whether or not additional totals are added when actuals arrive on Monday, Star Wars has reached a new stratosphere of blockbuster. With the opening day and weekend records under its belt, Star Wars will now set its sights on the coveted all time domestic gross record. Avatar’s $760 million remains the only movie to ever reach $700 million at the domestic box office.
December releases typically have better legs than summer blockbusters due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays providing better holds. Star Wars is in another category altogether though due to its massive opening. No December release has ever opened with even half the amount that Star Wars has. This could mean harder drops than is typical for December releases.
The Two previous movies to open above $200 million have had good enough holds to reach $600 million at the box office. With the holiday boost, Star Wars should stay strong enough to reach the $700 million plateau. If it gains the largest second weekend record, it could become the first movie to reach $800 million.
Alvin and the Chipmunks and Sisters somehow managed to pull a few audience members away from the sci-fi juggernaut. Alvin pulled in an estimated $14.4 million, while Sisters made and estimated $13.4 million. All other movies in the top ten made less than $6 million for the weekend.