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‘The Force Awakens’ Debuts Big in China, Rockets to No. 3 Worldwide

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Despite doubts about how “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” would be greeted there, the Disney sequel grossed a record $52.6 million in its opening weekend in China. Deadline notes that marks the biggest Saturday/Sunday debut in Chinese box office history.

That haul helped to boost “The Force Awakens” to $1.733 billion worldwide, unseating “Jurassic World” ($1.669 billion) as the third-highest grossing film of all time.

The movie brought in $145.9 million globally over the weekend: $41.6 million in North America, where it placed in the top spot again, and $104.3 million overseas.

The No. 1 film of all time in North America, “The Force Awakens” is now the No. 7 movie of all time internationally, with $921.4 million. On the worldwide chart, it still trails behind “Titanic’s” $2.187 billion and “Avatar’s” $2.788 billion.

Comments

  • QueerJock2

    That boycott really hut them huh?

  • jdropp

    This is all spin – The Force Awakens is the “biggest Saturday/Sunday” because it was the *only* film to debut on a Saturday. It’s the third best debut from an import in China. It took a 35% drop from Saturday to Sunday. Chinese word-of-mouth is reported as “mixed at best.”

    It’s unfortunate as I was hoping it would topple Avatar from the global top spot, but – it’s looking unlikely.

  • JCB

    There was no boycott; it was a joke started by two guys to see if they could get a rise out of people and White Knights and SJW Keyboard Cowboys fell for it and took the ball and ran, even after it was proven to be a false flag.

  • Ushio

    It’s looking unlikely to even pass Titanic and beating Avatar was never in the cards.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    I doubt anything will topple Avatar in the foreseeable future.

  • Smarf

    It already has 200 million more than both of those films in domestic grosses. All it has to do is make a little more internationally. Never mind the fact it’s only been out for about 3 weeks now.

  • TheAngryInternet

    It’ll catch up to Titanic‘s gross from its original release ($1.8 billion), but to beat Avatar it needs to gross another billion dollars. That’s…unlikely, to say the least, especially since China was Ep 7’s last market and it’s clearly not going to be an Avatar-level phenomenon there.

  • TheAngryInternet

    Exactly—Disney is trying to spin “highest Saturday-Sunday total for a film that opened on a Saturday” as some kind of significant record, and industry flacks like Deadline and THR are going along with it. To give you an idea of how meaningful this record really is, TFA didn’t even score the highest Saturday-Sunday total for a Disney film (Age of Ultron made about 43 million yuan more on its first Saturday-Sunday, even though it had been out in Chinese theaters since Tuesday).

  • Smarf

    Avatar was out for 34 weeks, Star Wars has some time left.

  • Ushio

    A little more? $1 billion to beat avatar and $450 million to beat Titanic hardly a little more.

  • TheAngryInternet

    It’ll only get four weeks in China, though—foreign films are allowed an initial run of just 30 days and extensions are almost never given anymore, as opposed to the more relaxed days of 2010 when Avatar stayed in Chinese theaters for over four months. (This is one reason why Hollywood is embracing co-productions with Chinese companies—those films get special benefits and one of those is a longer theatrical run.) So right away it’s got a major handicap that Avatar didn’t have.

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