Star Wars: The Force Awakens added up to a total cost of $350 million when you add in marketing costs (and Harrison Ford reportedly took up a big part of that budget, too). That’s all a moot point, though, because the return of the Star Wars franchise looks set to wrap up the weekend with an estimated $517 million in worldwide ticket sales. That’s not quite as much money as Jurassic World made over its summer opening, but we’re not sure the dinosaurs have won yet.
Yeah, it’s all profit from here — and “here” probably means a universe of merchandising and an extended run of sitting at top of the box-office. The Force Awakens now has the officially largest opening weekend in North America, with the country shelling out $238 million in ticket sales. That’s according to Disney, but we’re hearing that figure is getting lowballed for a more triumphant announcement on Monday.
No need for false modesty, though. The previous record holder was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which pulled in $87.5 million despite being kind of boring. (Avatar had the record previously, with $85 million.) But if Disney is lowballing the number now, then there’s a good chance that a big Monday announcement could bump Jurassic World to#2 for the best all-time worldwide opening. A couple of Harry Potter movies are also about to be bumped down the line.
Speaking of bumped, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip beat out Sisters for second place, with about $14 million to the more adult comedy’s $13 million.
The latest entry also set records in the UK, Germany, Australia, and lots of other places. The movie doesn’t even open in China until early January — although Stephen Colbert is helping to build awareness for that big premiere. In further surprising news, 58 percent of the Force audience in America was male. We thought that percentage would be highter. Nostalgia was also rocking the house, with 63% of the audience over the age of 26. Man, we can’t wait to see the numbers once people find out Star Wars: The Force Awakens is fun for kids, too.