Surprise, surprise. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is doing well for itself.
Okay, maybe that part isn't a surprise, but to even the most optimistic of fans couldn't have predicted the mammoth success the film has had since its tickets went on sale two short days ago. We knew the movie would do great, but just how great was always up for debate. Slap on the name "Star Wars," and it's sure to reel in the money, but the film had ONE thing going against it: a winter release. Currently, the best weekend opening ever for a December film was "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," which brought in around $85 million its opening weekend. This isn't exactly the type of numbers one would expect from something like "Star Wars."
Between cold weather across the states, and holiday shopping around the movie's release, it is simply impossible for "The Force Awakens" to break the opening weekend record of $208.8 million set recently by "Jurassic World."
Well, let's take a look at the one big record that "The Force Awakens" has already demolished. According to THR, the previous holder of most pre-sales tickets on the website Fandango was the first "Hunger Games" flick, which came out in 2012. As of yesterday morning, "Star Wars" has not only outsold that movie, but has outsold it eight times over. That's definitely quite the achievement, but to keep things in perspective, that is only for Fandango, so that's not necessarily an indication of how well the film will perform overall. So let's go ahead and compare it to a movie that's more indicative of its potential success.
"The Dark Knight Rises" currently holds the overall record of $25 million in advance sales, and if the buzz is correct, then "The Force Awakens" looks to easily break this record. For reference, "The Dark Knight Rises" took in $160 million its opening weekend. With that in mind, "Star Wars" breaking $200 million--maybe even "Jurassic World"s record--isn't that farfetched anymore. Some are even so optimistic as to say that the movie will break $300 million domestically, and $600 million worldwide ("Jurassic World" made $524.4 million worldwide its opening weekend).
Needless to say, things are looking wonderful in the first of many trips back to "A galaxy far, far away," but how good is the ultimate question.
How good do you think the film will do box office-wise? Does it stand a chance of breaking the record on its opening weekend? Let us know in the comments down below!