Tonight is the night Star Wars fans around the country have been waiting three years for, as Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally hits theaters. Fans in several international territories actually got to see it earlier than the rest of the world, and, not surprisingly, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken even more box office records. Entertainment Weekly reports that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has earned $14.1 million from 12 international territories on Wednesday, setting the stage for a massive global opening weekend.
Of the 12 international markets Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened in on Wednesday, the blockbuster has set records for biggest single day at the box office in Norway and Sweden, while breaking records for biggest opening day in Belgium, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. This sci-fi adventure set another record in France for biggest opening day ever in December, more than doubling the opening-day takes of hits such as Marvel's The Avengers and Jurassic World. In all 12 markets, it was the biggest opening day for any Star Wars movie.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens also posted the biggest Disney opening day of all-time in France, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, South Africa and Switzerland. In Italy, it posted the biggest December and Star Wars franchise opening day, doubling the first day grosses of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. Numerous international markets also posted their biggest IMAX opening day of all-time.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in another 32 international markets today, including Germany, the U.K., Russia, Australia, Korea, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Tomorrow, it will also open in Japan and Spain, and by the end of this weekend, it will have opened in all global markets except China, India, and Greece, which could set the stage for a record-breaking global debut. Back in June, Jurassic World became the first movie ever to crack $500 million globally in its opening weekend, with $208.8 million domestically, $316.1 million internationally and $524.9 million worldwide. All three of those figures set new records, but they are all in danger of falling to Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens also has a shot at breaking the all time domestic and global records set by James Cameron's Avatar back in 2009. No movie has come close to Avatar's $760.5 million domestic box office record, or its $2.7 billion worldwide tally. Jurassic World has come the closet in recent years, with $652.2 million domestic and $1.6 billion worldwide, but if the projections for Star Wars: The Force Awakens are met or exceeded, it's conceivable that practically every box office record could fall in the days, weeks and months ahead. We'll keep you posted on Star Wars: The Force Awakens' box office progress throughout the weekend, so stay tuned.