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'Star Wars 7' News: 'Jurassic World' & Christmas Box Office Records Shattered

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'Star Wars 7' news: 'The Force Awakens' shatters 'Jurassic World' & Christmas records

Dec. 27, '15, update: As expected, Star Wars 7 a.k.a. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken three major box office records this Christmas weekend (Dec. 25–27, '15):

  • Best second domestic weekend ever.
  • Fastest movie to reach $500 million at the domestic box office.
  • Fastest movie to reach $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Now let's go over one Star Wars 7 box office record at a time.

Best second domestic weekend: Christmas gift

With an estimated $153.52 million from 4,134 locations in North America (remember, this particular North America doesn't include Mexico – or Greenland, for that matter), Star Wars Episode 7 easily surpassed the previous record-holder.

To find it, we have to go all the way back to … six months ago, when Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World, starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, and a kick-ass (i.e., psychopathic) GMO dinosaur, collected $106.58 million – barely surpassing The Avengers' $103.05 million back in May 2012.

The Power of The up-and-running Force? Definitely. But in all fairness, The Power of a Holiday Friday as well. Christmas on Friday provided The Force Awakens with a crucial box office boost that runners-up Jurassic World, The Avengers, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, to name five, lacked.

'Avatar' Christmas

As for Avatar, its second weekend (back in 2009) coincided with Christmas on a Friday as well – when, that one day, it actually trailed the Robert Downey Jr.-Jude Law combo Sherlock Holmes.

Although James Cameron's futuristic 3D adventure starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver was showing at 3,461 U.S. and Canada sites – or 673 fewer than Star Wars 7 – it did gross “only” $75.61 million (or approx. $83 million in 2015).

El Niño boost

And here's something that likely boosted The Force Awakens' box office fortunes: The El Niño effect, part of the Earth's fast-changing climate, has resulted in spring-like (in some cases summer-like), record-breaking highs in much of the central and eastern United States.

In other words, no winter snowstorms – like those back in late 2009 – to keep potential moviegoers huddled up at home.

Star Wars 7 Supreme Leader Snoke Andy Serkis The Force Awakens'Star Wars 7': Supreme Leader Snoke a.k.a. Andy Serkis in 'The Force Awakens.'

Fastest movie to reach $500 million at the domestic box office

With an estimated $527.49 million after ten days (and a half or so) in North America, Star Wars 7 easily beat another Jurassic World record: Fastest movie to reach $500 million in the U.S. and Canada.

It took Jurassic World 17 days to get there. The Avengers was next with 23 days, followed by Avatar with 32 days.

Fastest movie to reach $1 billion at the worldwide box office

With an estimated $1.09 billion, Star Wars: The Force Awakens beat – once again – Jurassic World to become the fastest movie to reach $1 billion at the worldwide box office: 12 days vs. 13 days.

Of particular importance here is the fact that Star Wars 7 has yet to open in China, whereas Jurassic World's 13-day worldwide box office figure included that mammoth international market.

Co-executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World cumed at $1.668 billion worldwide.

See also: “'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' NOT to Become All-Time Worldwide Box Office Champion?” and “'Star Wars' 2015 Negative Reviews.”

Star Wars 7 Stormtroopers striking back in shining armor'Star Wars 7' with the Stormtroopers: Stylishly striking back in shining armor.

More 'Star Wars 7' news: Domestic Christmas Day box office record demolished

Dec. 26, '15: The 2015 Christmas movie of choice had nothing to do with Santa Claus, elves, reindeer, or Jesus. J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens a.k.a. Star Wars 7 smashed the domestic Christmas Day box office record on Friday, earning an estimated $49.34 million from 4,134 locations in the U.S. and Canada.

The previous record-holder was Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, which grossed $24.6 million on Dec. 25, '09 – not coincidentally, another Friday.[1]

Next (about to be) broken record

Next in line – as in, next box office records to be shattered by Star Wars 7 – are “fastest to reach $500 million at the domestic box office” and “fastest to reach $1 billion at the worldwide box office.”

After grossing an estimated $160-180 million this Christmas weekend, Star Wars 7 should pass both figures sometime on Sunday, Dec. 28 – a mere ten days (and a half, considering Thursday previews) after its release.

The (soon-to-be former) record-holder in both categories is Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World, starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Irrfan Khan, and released earlier this year. Co-executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World took 17 days to reach $500 million in North America and 13 days to reach $1 billion worldwide.

To date (Dec. 25), Star Wars 7 has scored an estimated $440.39 million in North America and $449.9 million worldwide. The top international market is the U.K., with an estimated $83 million. The worldwide grand total stands at $890.29 million.

As an aside, no box office records were broken in Egypt. Total Star Wars 7 gross as of Dec. 20: $35,968.

Star Wars 7 Chewbacca Peter Mayhew Han Solo Harrison Ford bosom buddies in The Force Awakens'Star Wars 7' with Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford): Bosom buddies together again in 'The Force Awakens.'

'Star Wars 7' cast and screenwriters

The Star Wars 7 cast includes the following:

Oscar Isaac. Domhnall Gleeson. Daisy Ridley. Andy Serkis. Adam Driver. John Boyega. Peter Mayhew.

Carrie Fisher. Mark Hamill. Warwick Davis. Kenny Baker. Anthony Daniels. Billie Lourd. Maisie Richardson-Sellers.

Mark Stanley. Greg Grunberg. Gwendoline Christie. Jessica Henwick. Simon Pegg.

Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave, 2012).

Best Actor Oscar nominee Harrison Ford (Witness, 1985).

Two-time Oscar nominee Max von Sydow (Best Actor for Pelle the Conqueror, 1988; Best Supporting Actor for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, 2011).

Veteran Max von Sydow's other film credits include a series of movies directed by Ingmar Bergman (e.g., The Virgin Spring, The Touch), in addition to Hollywood fare such as The Greatest Story Ever Told, Hawaii, The Three Days of the Condor, and Flash Gordon.

The Star Wars 7 screenplay is credited to J.J. Abrams, veteran Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Body Heat, The Big Chill), and Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3, Oblivion, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).

Among Abrams' directing credits are Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. His screenwriting credits include the TV series Fringe, Lost, and Alias.

Christmas Day domestic box office runner-up?

[1] Dec. 25, '09, was Sherlock Holmes' opening day, when it actually got to beat James Cameron's Avatar ($23.95 million) on its second weekend out.

With nearly $27 million, Sherlock Holmes remains the no. 2 Christmas Day movie at the domestic box office even on the inflation-adjusted chart. Guy Ritchie's thrill ride stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams.

The no. 3 movie on the chart is Jay Roach's Meet the Fockers (2004), which collected approximately $26.2 million adjusted for inflation (actuals: $19.54 million, on a Saturday).

In the Meet the Fockers cast:

Ben Stiller. Robert De Niro. Barbra Streisand. Dustin Hoffman. Blythe Danner. Teri Polo. Owen Wilson.

 

Star Wars 7 images of Han Solo a.k.a. Harrison Ford, Chewbacca a.k.a. Peter Mayhew, Supreme Leader Snoke a.k.a. Andy Serkis, and the Stormtroopers a.k.a. the Stormtroopers: Walt Disney Studios.

Star Wars 7 laser sword wallpaper: Walt Disney Studios.


         
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