On Thursday night The Force Awakens earned $57 million kicking aside ‘The Deathly Hallows Part-2’.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has proved the hype was all worth it. The most anticipated movie of the decade is finally here and it has not disappointed. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened in theatres across the US with a record breaking opening revenue.
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Episode 7 in the Star Wars franchise opened on Thursday night. The film raked in a whopping $57 million on its debut. The sum has shattered the box office industry’s preview night record.
Previously the preview night box office record was held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part- 2. Deathly Hallows Part- 2 had a mark of $43.5M set in 2011 on preview night. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has gone on to become the film with the highest grossing preview night earnings.
The 3D viewing of The Force Awakens raked in 47 percent of the $57 million. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has also broken the iMax records for opening night previews.
The iMax viewings of The Force Awakens has generated $5.7 million at 391 screenings. Even Avengers: Age Of Ultron only earned $3 million at iMax screenings. So Star Wars: Episode 7 has technically earned double the amount of revenue than even the Marvel mega-hit.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens show-times began around 7 pm. Whereas the show-time of The Deathly Hallows Part-2 started at midnight. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has only considered the ticket sales of the night time preview.
While the ticket sales of the next day are still to be added into the numbers. Analysts estimate Star Wars will break another record and have the biggest opening single day.
The movie is expected to earn a record estimated $110 million, according to Deadline. The biggest opening single day record is being held by the Deathly Hollows – Part 2 right now.
By tomorrow Star Wars: The Force Awakens will have also snatched the record. The Deathly Hallows had revenue of $91 million in its first day.
Industry analysts also predicted if the pace set keeps on going it will generate $215 to $220 million over the weekend. The record for the biggest opening weekend ever is currently held by Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World.
In June, Jurassic World had opening weekend revenue of $208.8 million. Before the hype is over Star Wars: The Force Awakens may have broken all possible box office records.
The box office report of Saturday night will determine the fate of The Force Awakens. A majority of the pre-sale tickets were bought for Thursday, Friday and Christmas day.
So Saturday is crucial since tickets will be available for The Force Awakens. Although it would be the second day of premiere, Saturday is the busiest day before Christmas shopping week.
Some analysts believe the real Star Wars effect will kick in over the holiday season. It’s too early to determine if The Force Awakens will come out as the biggest blockbuster of all time.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set 30 years after the events of the last film. The Force Awakens follows the plot of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi released in 1983. J.J Abrams served as the director on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher have reprised their roles for the Episode-7 in the franchise. While newcomers include Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Lupita Nyong’O.