As Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to screen around the clock at theaters all over the country, more and more box office records are falling. Earlier today, we reported that Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in a whopping $57 million from Thursday preview screenings, beating the four-year record held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2. Now it seems yet another record set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 is about to fall, with Variety reporting that Disney is estimating a $100 million opening day for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This is putting the film on track to be the biggest movie of all time. As expected!
If Star Wars: The Force Awakens does crack the $100 million mark in just one day, it would be more than enough to top Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2's opening day tally of $91.1 million. Disney's projections put Star Wars: The Force Awakens at around $200 million for the three-day opening weekend, which wouldn't be enough to break Jurassic World's record of $208.8 million. However, Deadline's industry projections put the opening day at somewhere between $130 million and $145 million, with the three-day opening weekend between $250 million and $275 million. Here's what Disney's executive VP of distribution, Dave Hollis had to say in a statement.
"We are obviously very encouraged by the record-breaking presales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but there are literally millions of tickets available for this weekend, and exhibitors have a lot of flexibility in terms of capacity and increasing the number of shows based on demand."
Disney also revealed today that Star Wars: The Force Awakens had taken in $72.7 million in two days from 44 international markets. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has set single-day records in the U.K., Germany, Sweden and Norway. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which cost a whopping $200 million to produce, opens in nearly all other markets today, except for India and Greece (Dec. 24) and China (January 9).
With these massive numbers rolling in, Star Wars: The Force Awakens may have a legitimate shot at taking down the biggest movie of all time, 2009's Avatar. Director James Cameron's blockbuster still holds the records for the biggest domestic gross of all time ($760.5 million) and worldwide gross ($2.7 billion). Star Wars: The Force Awakens obviously has a long way to go before it can break those records, but at this pace, it's certainly possible. Check back on Sunday to see if Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke the all time opening weekend record.