The film is in third place in terms of the best global opening with a world-wide total launch of $517 million.
The current record holder is this summer’s Jurassic World with $524.9 million, which had the advantage of opening in China simultaneously as in all other markets of the world. Star Wars: The Force Awakens starts showing in China on January 9, 2016.
“Our sole focus has been creating a film that delivers that one-of-a-kind Star Wars experience, and director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and the Lucasfilm team have outdone themselves,” Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement.
The film set the bar ridiculously high for all film studios to up their game, and confirmed that the film industry has certainly had an unprecedented year. Disney must also be thrilled that their $4 billion investment into Star Wars, which is how much they paid George Lucas and Lucasfilm for the franchise, has been more than lucrative.
Not only is Force Awakens a box office success, but it’s also a critical success, with most of the prominent critics giving it an A CinemaScore.