Box Office Top 3: 'Star Wars' Rewrites The Record Books In Epic Debut
"Star Wars: Episode VII" brought in an estimated $238 million. That’s the best domestic debut of any movie ever, and the records don't stop there.
I would love to say something snarky about the most anticipated movie of the year having a misstep, but ... I've got nothing. The force is strong with this one.
Taking the No. 1 spot this weekend and demolishing almost all box office records in its path was "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." It brought in an estimated $238 million. That's the best domestic debut of any movie ever.
But the records don't stop there. Episode seven of this iconic space epic broke a record at seemingly every phase of its journey.
"Star Wars" smashed Fandango's record for presale tickets by bringing in more than $100 million before it opened.
Then, all the super fans dressed as Chewbacca, Luke and Leia helped "Episode VII" make $57 million in Thursday night showings: another record.
And with a $57 million Thursday, it was almost inevitable that "Star Wars" would break the single-day box office record previously held by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."
Also impressive: the quality of the film. Good word of mouth could push Episode VII toward that all-time highest- grossing record.
With a 95 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and more than a half a billion dollars in the bank, "The Force Awakens" could call it quits right now and be a monumental success. But it's only opening weekend.
As for next week, movies. So many movies.
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