List of box office records set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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J. J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released in December 2015 and went on to break numerous box office and non-box office records both worldwide and in its domestic market (the United States and Canada). Among the records tracked by Box Office Mojo, The Force Awakens holds more records than any other film as of July 2018.[1] Many of the records set by the film are listed below. Previously held records are presented in strikethrough formatting.

Worldwide[edit]

The Force Awakens is director J. J. Abrams' highest-grossing film.

IMAX[edit]

  • Widest worldwide IMAX release – 940 IMAX screens. This included 392 IMAX screens in the United States and Canada and 272 screens from China.[5] Surpassed by its sequel Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which was released in over 1,200 IMAX theaters.[6]
  • Biggest IMAX worldwide opening weekend – $48 million.[7]
  • Biggest single day IMAX worldwide gross – $17.7 million (on Friday, December 18, 2015).[7]
  • Fastest to:
    • $100 million in IMAX ticket sales – 12 days. It earned a total of $106 million in that period. The previous record was held by Jurassic World, which took 18 days to reach the mark.[2]
    • $150 million in IMAX ticket sales – 19 days. It earned a total of $152 million in that period. The previous record was held by Avatar, which took 47 days to reach the mark.[8]
    • $175 million in IMAX ticket sales – 24 days. It earned a total of $179 million in that period. The previous record was held by Avatar, which took 58 days to reach the mark.[9]
  • Biggest IMAX fourth-weekend gross worldwide – $19 million. This broke Avatar's previous record of $12.27 million.[9]

United States and Canada[edit]

Numbers and records are not adjusted for inflation unless otherwise noted.

Record Grosses[10]
Day Gross Total[11]
1 (F) 119.1m 119.1m
2 (Sa) 68.3m 187.4m
3 (Su) 60.6m 248m
1st wknd 248m
4 (M) 40.1m 288.1m
5 (Tu) 37.4m 325.5m
6 (W) 38m 363.5m
7 (Th) 27.4m 390.9m
1st week 390.9m
2nd wknd 149.2m 540.6m
3rd wknd 90.2m 742.2m
20 (Th) 6.2m 764.4m
23 (Sa) 19.2m 800.3m
50 (F) 1.8m 900.8m
  • Highest-grossing film of all time, surpassing Avatar.[12] The Force Awakens surpassed Avatar's gross on January 6, 2016, taking 20 days to break the record. In comparison, Avatar took 318 days to reach its final gross, including the revenue it earned from a re-release in 2010.[13][14]
    • Fastest to become highest-grossing film – 20 days.[15]
  • Fastest to:[16][17]
    • $100 million – 21 hours.[18]
    • $150 million – 2 days. Surpassed by Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, which also reached that gross in 2 days but grossed more in that time.
    • $200 million – 3 days. Surpassed by Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, which also reached that gross in 3 days but grossed more in that time.
    • $250 million – 4 days. Surpassed by Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, which reached that gross in 3 days.
    • $300 million – 5 days.
    • $350 million – 6 days.
    • $400 million – 8 days.
    • $450 million – 9 days.
    • $500 million – 10 days.
    • $550 million – 11 days.
    • $600 million – 12 days.
    • $650 million – 14 days.
    • $700 million – 16 days.
    • $750 million – 18 days.
    • $800 million – 23 days. It was the first movie to reach that gross.
    • $850 million – 31 days. It was the first movie to reach that gross.
    • $900 million – 50 days. It was the first movie to reach that gross.
  • Biggest opening weekend and single weekend gross – $247.97 million. Surpassed by Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, which grossed $257.69 million.[19]
    • Biggest opening weekend adjusted for inflation. Box Office Mojo estimated the number of tickets at 28.5 million,[20] whereas Forbes estimated that the number of tickets was closer to 28.8 million.[21]
    • Biggest Holiday opening weekend – $247.97 million.[22]
      • Biggest December opening weekend – $247.97 million. It was the first film to gross more than $100 million in a December opening weekend.[23]
    • Biggest PG-13 rated opening weekend – $247.97 million. Surpassed by Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, which grossed $257.69 million.[24]
  • Biggest opening week (Friday-Thursday) – $391.5 million[25][26]
  • Biggest second weekend – $149.2 million.[27] Its second weekend was also the 12th highest grossing weekend of all-time.[19][28]
  • Biggest third weekend – $90.2 million.[29]
    • Biggest January weekend – $90.2 million.[30] This surpassed American Sniper's wide release opening weekend gross of $89.3 million, which remained the January opening weekend record.[31]
  • Biggest overall pre-sales – $100+ million.[32][33][34]
  • Biggest Thursday night previews – $57 million.[35] This figure incorporates revenues generated from the "Star Wars Marathon Event" show from 135 theaters in which all six previous Star Wars films were shown along with Star Wars: The Force Awakens; tickets to the marathon event were sold at a significant premium. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 held the former previews record, with $43.5 million.[36][37][38]
  • Widest December release – 4,134 theaters.[39] Surpassed by Rogue One, which was released in 4,157 theaters.[40]
  • Widest 3D release – 3,300 theaters.[39]
  • Biggest Friday to Saturday drop – $50.83 million.[41] However, in percentage terms, the film dropped 43%, which was far from The Ringer's wide release record of 72%.[42]
  • Biggest RealD 3D opening weekend – $78 million.[43] The previous record was jointly held by The Avengers and Jurassic World, as both earned $70 million.[44]
  • Biggest weekend per-theater average for a wide release – $59,982 per theater.[45]
  • Biggest share of weekend tickets sales on Fandango – 37% of the film's $247.97 million opening.[46]
  • Number one film of the highest-grossing single aggregated weekend – $313.28 million.[47][48] That number represents the total combined gross of all movies in theaters on the weekend of December 18–20.[47] With a weekend gross of $247 million, The Force Awakens took in over 75% of that $313 million gross, as well as 81.2% of the combined gross of the top 12 films that weekend ($305.5 million).[49] The previous record for top 12 aggregated gross had been $266 million, set on the weekend of June 12–14, 2015.[49] Surpassed by Avengers: Infinity War and the weekend of April 27–29, 2018, which had a total gross of $313.56 million[50] and a top 12 gross of $305.7 million, with Infinity War grossing $257 million – over 82% of the total gross and 84.3% of the top 12 gross.[51]
  • Biggest opening weekend for a film released in 4DX format with 84% occupancy rate in its opening weekend.[52]
  • Biggest gap between first and second highest-grossing films in a weekend – $233.7 million over Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (December 18–20). Since surpassed by Avengers: Infinity War, which grossed $246.7 million over A Quiet Place (April 27–29, 2018).[53]
    • Biggest gap between first and second highest-grossing films in their opening weekends – $233.7 million over Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (December 18–20).[54]
    • Biggest relative gap between first and second highest-grossing films in their opening weekends – 17.4 times higher gross than Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (December 18–20).[55]
  • Number one film of the highest-grossing aggregated December – $1.3 billion. The Force Awakens earned 50% of that total. December 2009 had held the former record for highest-grossing December, with a gross of $1.07 billion.[56]
  • Highest gross in a single calendar month – $652.0 million in December 2015. The previous record was held by The Avengers, which grossed $532.5 million in May 2012.[57]
    • Highest-grossing film in any single December. It surpassed Avatar, which grossed $283.6 million in December 2009.[56]
  • Biggest three-day gross at a single U.S. location – $715,010 at Pacific's Arclight Hollywood.[58]
  • Biggest Christmas Day pre-sales on Fandango. It broke the record previously held by Les Misérables and Django Unchained in 2012.[59]
  • Biggest pre-sales in Canada.[60]
  • Biggest 3-day, 4-day, 5-day, 6-day, 7-day, 8-day, 9-day, and 10-day opening gross. The 3-day opening gross was surpassed by Avengers: Infinity War in 2018.[61]

IMAX[edit]

  • Biggest IMAX single day pre-sales – $6.5 million.[62]
  • Biggest Thursday night IMAX previews – $5.7 million.[35]
  • Widest IMAX release – 392 IMAX screens.[39] Surpassed by Avengers: Infinity War, which was released in 408 IMAX screens.[63]
  • Biggest IMAX single-day and Friday – 14 million.[64]
  • Biggest IMAX opening weekend – $30.1 million.[65]
  • Fastest film to reach $100 million in IMAX ticket sales – 24 days.[66] The previous record was held by Avatar, which took 57 days to cross the mark[dubious ].[66]

Single-day records[edit]

  • Biggest single day gross – $119.1 million on December 18, 2015.[67] It was the first film to gross over $100 million in a single day.[67] This figure incorporates the $57 million it earned from its Thursday night previews. Excluding this amount, it earned the third biggest "single Friday" gross with $62.1 million which was behind Jurassic World ($63.4 million) and The Avengers ($62.7 million).[68]
    • Biggest opening day gross – $119.1 million.[69] First movie to post a 100M day gross.[70]
    • Biggest Friday gross – $119.1 million.[71]
    • Biggest December single day gross – $119.1 million.[72] On nine separate days, the Force Awakens surpassed the former December single day record, which had been held by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($37.1 million on December 14, 2012).[73]
    • Biggest Friday gross adjusted for inflation – estimated 13.7 million tickets.[74]
  • Biggest Sunday gross – $60.5 million on December 20. Surpassed by Avengers: Infinity War, which grossed $69.2 million on April 29, 2018.[75]
  • Biggest Monday gross – $40.1 million on December 21.[76][77] This broke the $27.7 million Monday record held by Spider-Man 2 since July 5, 2004. Surpassed by Black Panther, which grossed $40.1 million on February 19, 2018.
    • Biggest non-holiday Monday gross – $40.1 million.[78]
    • Biggest Monday gross adjusted for inflation – estimated 4.6 million tickets.[79]
  • Biggest Tuesday gross – $37.3 million on December 22.[80][81] This topped the $35 million Tuesday record that Spider-Man 3 had set on its opening day in 2007, though the latter film's Tuesday gross was higher after adjusting for inflation.[82]
  • Biggest non-opening Wednesday gross – $38.1 million on December 23.[83][84] This broke the record for largest non-Wednesday opening gross held by Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($37 million). However, the $38.1 million gross ranked sixth in terms of single Wednesday gross behind Twilight Saga: Eclipse ($68 million) and four other films that opened on Wednesdays.[85]
  • Biggest Christmas Eve gross – $27.1 million on December 24. This broke Avatar's former record of $11.2 million.[26]
  • Biggest Christmas Day gross – $49.3 million on December 25.[86] This broke Sherlock Holmes' former record of $24.6 million in 2009.[87]
  • Biggest non-opening week Saturday gross – $56.7 million on December 26, surpassing The Avengers ($42.9 million). It was the first film to record two $50+ million Saturday grosses.[90]
  • Biggest non-opening week Sunday gross – $43.15 million on December 27, surpassing Jurassic World ($38.36 million). It was the first film to record two $40+ million Sunday grosses.[75]
  • Biggest non-opening week Monday gross – $31.4 million on December 28, surpassing Shrek 2 ($23.4 million); also the second biggest Monday gross behind its own Monday record. Rogue One surpassed the non-opening week Monday gross record in December 2016. The Force Awakens was the first film to record two $20+ million Monday grosses.[76]
  • Biggest non-opening week Tuesday gross – $29.5 million on December 29, surpassing Avatar ($18.3 million). It was the first film to record two $20+ million Tuesday grosses.[80]
  • Biggest non-opening week Wednesday gross – $28.1 million on December 30, surpassing Avatar ($18.5 million). It was the first film to record two $20+ million Wednesday grosses.[83]
  • Biggest non-opening week Thursday gross – $22.9 million on December 31, surpassing The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ($15.5 million). It was the first film to record two $20 million+ Thursday grosses.[91]
  • Biggest New Year's Day gross – $34.5 million on January 1, 2016. This broke Avatar's former record of $25.3 million.[92]

United Kingdom, Ireland and Malta[edit]

The BFI IMAX in London is the highest-grossing IMAX cinema in the world for The Force Awakens.
  • Highest-grossing film of all time in the U.K. and Ireland – £119.4 million ($172.1 million)[93] or $176.5 million.[94] This surpassed Skyfall's previous record of £103.2 million ($161.1 million).[95][96] It reached the mark on January 8, 2016, taking 22 days to break the record. In comparison, Skyfall took 66 days to reach this goal.[97][98][99]
  • Biggest opening weekend – £34,011,849 ($50,686,789).[100] The $50.6 million record is based on a 4-day total. In terms of all-time opening weekend – irrespective of the number of days – Spectre holds the record with $63.7 million in its 7-day opening (including Monday previews).[101]
  • Biggest opening and single day gross – £9.68 million ($14.3 million).[103] This includes revenues generated from 12.01 am previews on Wednesday night.[102]
  • Biggest advance ticket sales – 2 million.[104][105]
  • Widest release of all time – 670 theaters.[95][106] Spectre previously held the record by releasing across 647 theaters and on 2,500 screens.[107]
  • Biggest midnight gross – £2.4 million ($3.6 million).[103]
  • Biggest Saturday gross – £8.71 million ($12.9 million) on December 19, 2015.[102] Surpassed by Avengers: Infinity War on April 28, 2018.[by how much?][108]
  • Biggest Sunday gross – £8.58 million ($12.7 million) on December 20, 2015.[102]
  • Biggest Monday gross – £5.83 million ($8.6 million) on December 21, 2015.[102][109] This eclipsed the former record of £5.05 million ($7.4 million) held by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004 during the Bank holiday.[102]
  • Biggest 7 day/1 week gross – £55.8 million ($82.9 million).[110] First film to earn over £50 million within a week.[95]
  • Biggest Boxing Day gross.[2]
  • Highest-grossing film in IMAX – £8.2 million ($12.16 million).[111]
  • Fastest film to gross:
    • £50 million ($74.3 million) – 6 days.[112] It grossed a total of $76.5 million in that period.[112]
    • £80 million ($118 million) – 13 days.[111] It earned £83.5 million ($123 million) in that period besting the previous record held by Skyfall which took 23 days to reach the milestone.[111]
    • £100 million – 20 days.[97] This broke Skyfall's former record of 66 days.[97]

China[edit]

  • Biggest Saturday to Sunday opening weekend – $52.6 million.[9][113][114] This broke the former record held by Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) by 70%.[9][115] China box office tracking firm Ent Group reported $53.2 million from 170,000 screenings from 9.19 million admissions.[116] This record was later overtaken by Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back the following year with 348 million yuan ($80.4 million).[117]
  • Biggest Saturday to Sunday IMAX opening weekend – $8.1 million.[113][118]
  • Biggest IMAX Saturday gross – ¥27.7 million ($4.3 million). The former record was held by Avengers: Age of Ultron with ¥22.82 million ($3.4 million).[9]
  • Biggest two-day IMAX gross – $8.1 million. This broke Avengers: Age of Ultron's former record of $6.6 million.[9]

Records in other territories[edit]

  • Biggest December opening weekend outside of the US and Canada market – $281 million.[119]
  • Biggest opening weekend[120] of all time:
    • Germany – $27.5 million.[100]
    • Australia – $19.6 million.[100]
    • Russia – $12.3 million. Surpassed by Deadpool, which grossed $13.1 million on its opening weekend in February 2016.[121]
    • Sweden – $3.9 million.[100]
    • New Zealand – $3.0 million.[100]
    • Austria – $2.0 million.[100]
    • Finland – $1.7 million.[100]
    • Hungary – $1.5 million.[100]
    • Ukraine – $1.1 million.[100]
    • Romania – $960 thousand.[100]
    • Bulgaria – $640 thousand.[100]
    • Iceland – $189 thousand.[100] Surpassed by Rogue One, which grossed $197 thousand.[122]
    • Norway.[100]
    • Poland (3-day).[100]
    • Denmark (5-day).[100]
    • Croatia.[100]
    • Serbia.[100]
  • Biggest opening day of all time:
  • Biggest December opening day – Mexico ($3.4 million), Italy ($3.1 million), Argentina, France, Kazakhstan, Spain, Russia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.[125][123]
  • Biggest IMAX opening day – Australia, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Austria, Turkey, Portugal, Qatar, UAE, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, Chile, Costa Rica, and Trinidad.[125]
  • Biggest single day – Germany ($7.1 million), Sweden ($1.7 million), Norway ($1.1 million), Hungary and Iceland.[125]
  • Biggest Monday gross – Denmark, Finland, France, Norway and Ukraine.[109]
  • Biggest second weekend gross in Australia.[2]
  • Biggest pre-sales in Germany.[127]
  • Fastest film to reach 5 million admission in France – 12 days.[2]
  • Fastest film to pass the ¥7 billion ($60 million) mark in Japan – 20 days. This broke the former record of 23 days held by Frozen.[128]
  • Single-screen record at Toho Cinema's MX4D theater in Shinjuku, central Tokyo – (¥101 million) $890,000.[129]
  • Biggest single-day IMAX gross outside of the US and Canada market – $4.8 million on Saturday, December 19, 2015.[7]

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