Star Wars: Force Awakens claims worldwide best opening

The Force. Strong. With. This. One.

Even without the benefit of opening in China, the final numbers are in and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is the all-time worldwide opening weekend champ.

Jurassic World previously set the mark with a massive $524 million opening, but with the final numbers, Force Awakens has overtaken the film with $529 million. Jurassic World still has the record for best international opening with $316 million to Force Awakens’ $281 million, but clearly that title would have been in jeopardy with China’s numbers factored into the mix.

This year has been insane for spectacular worldwide openings as three newcomers arrived on the all-time Top 10 list.  Furious 7 raced out the gate to take an early lead with $397.7 million. That was good for second place behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which earned $483 million.

Avengers: Age of Ultron “disappointed” with a $392.5 million worldwide opening, exactly matching its 2012 predecessor. The Avengers sequel earned seventh place on the list.

spider-man 3 - venom strangles spider-manThat’s a pretty impressive feat considering it’s been eight years since the last time one year had three entries crack the Top 10 list. That was 2007 when Spider-Man 3 ($381.7 million), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($350 million) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ($332.7 million).

En route to its victory lap, Force Awakens displaced Jurassic World for best Sunday gross as well with $60.5 million to $57.2 million; fastest to $100 million with one day compared to two days; best IMAX opening ($48 million to $44.1 million); domestic IMAX opening ($30.1 million to $20.9 million). Star Wars also wiped the floor with the best December opening, previously held by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which set the mark with $84.62 million.