With the final tally in from Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ opening weekend, the film has officially taken the crown for biggest global box office take on an opening weekend, with $529 million worldwide.
Early estimates this weekend had put the film in first place domestically, trailing summer blockbuster Jurassic World by just shy of $10 million.
However, final numbers released today have pushed the J.J. Abrams-directed space epic into hyperspace, leaving it’s dinosaur competitor extinct.
Star Wars broke through holiday shopping season noise, taking in $248 million in Canada and the U.S. alone since hitting screens.
That was enough to easily unseat Jurassic World, which held the previous record of $208.8 million.
And it didn’t stop there.
In the final tally, the film made an estimated $281 million internationally, for a worldwide take of $529 million.
That puts it #1 overall – before The Force Awakens has even opened in China.
The film has broken numerous other records, among them largest preview ($57m); largest Friday, opening day, and single day ($120.5m); and highest per theatre average ($57,571).
On top of Canada and the U.S., it set box office weekend records in 18 other countries, including the U.K., Germany, Australia, and Russia.
The film opened in 4,134 North American theatres this weekend and has been positively received by fans, scoring 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.
That could mean plenty of word of mouth, or repeat theatre visits – something that bodes well for the seventh installment in the franchise as it seeks knock Avatar from its throne as all-time highest grossing film. The James Cameron epic took in $760m domestically and $2.78 bn worldwide.
With four more films scheduled in the coming years (two more in the trilogy and two stand alone films), it also makes Disney’s $4bn acquisition of the franchise look like a bargain.