PEW PEW PEW! Star Wars makes more money than life.
So the new Star Wars movie hit cinemas this weekend to the sound of a thousand nerd boners exploding all at once. The good news for us is that everyone really loves JJ Abrams reinvention of the saga, which is all fine and well but pushes Alias fans further towards the crushing reality that a reunion is increasingly unlikely.
And the good news for JJ Abrams’ wallet is that Star Wars: The Force Awakens made more in one weekend than the GDP of Dominica. Globally the flick shattered records and grossed $528.9 Million (sound of frustrated Disney executives wishing for an extra $1.1 Million), of which a record-smashing $247.9 Million came from North America. It also nailed a bunch of other records to the wall which you can read here. And with the Holiday period ahead, expect violent battles for Star Wars toys to be making the headlines as this movie continues to serve DOLLA REALNESS to the movie industry.
A few months ago Jurrasic World shocked everyone by making insane amounts of money and Star Wars was always the only likely contender for those records..
Elsewhere in the box office charts, Sisters debuted to a solid $13.9 Million, priming the well-recieved comedy for a long run over the festive period. An end total north of $70 Million is likely.
Oddly, despite shedding 1,000 engagements and many IMAX showings, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 had the best top 10 drop of the weekend in the face of Star Wars which is probably good news given the film now trails part one by $35 million. Still, the movie stands a chance of outgrossing Part One in global gross, ensuring the one-two hit serves up a total global grossing of $1.5 Billion, so I’m guessing the widely unpopular decision to split the third chapter in two isn’t so unpopular at Lionsgate HQ. Thanks for the Christmas hookers, sucker audiences!
1). Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $247.97M / Wk 1
2). Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip – $14.3M / Wk 1
3). Sisters – $13.9M /Wk 1
4). The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 – $5.7M (-50%) / Total cume: $254.5M/ Wk 5
5). Creed- $5M (-50%)/ Total cume: $87.8M / Wk 4
6). The Good Dinosaur -$4.35M (-58%)/ Total cume: $96.7M / Wk 4
7). Krampus -$4.1M (-51%)/ Total cume: $35.1M/ Wk 3
8). In The Heart of the Sea – $3.5M (-68%)/ Total cume: $18.6M / Wk 2
9). Dilwale – $1.9M / Wk 1
10). Bajirao Mastani – $1.7M /Wk 1