Star Wars Breaks Records Across the Planet
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is firing on all cylinders, bringing in an estimated $57 million from Thursday evening “previews”, breaking the previous record of $43.5 million set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 back in 2011. Interestingly enough, $57 million is enough to break the all-time Thursday single day record of $50 million, which was set by Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith in 2005.
3D accounted for 47% of the evening’s take along with $5.7 million from IMAX screenings, breaking the previous IMAX record of $3 million set by Avengers: Age of Ultron earlier this year.
As for that international performance, the film now accounts for the largest single day of all time in UK/Ireland ($14.4m), Germany ($7.1m), Norway ($1.1m) and Sweden ($1.7m). Along with those four territories, it also accounts for the largest opening day in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Belgium, Finland, Netherlands, Switzerland (French-speaking), Austria, Ukraine, Slovakia, Croatia, Iceland, Serbia, Chile and Peru.