February 5, 2016, marks the 50th day of Star Wars: The Force Awakens being out in theaters. With the revival of the franchise, the film broke numerous box office records both domestically and globally.
The film which was directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt, is in the running for five Academy Awards and was named one of AFI’s top ten films of 2015.
According to the most recent press release, the film is expected to cross the $900 million mark within domestic box office sales. When the film does, it will be the first in history to reach that level. In addition, the film is also expected to pass the $2 billion mark, globally, on Saturday.
Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn, gave this statement, “This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made Star Wars: The Force Awakens such an extraordinary success. The film’s achievements are truly astounding, and it’s our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the Star Wars legacy alive for many years to come.”
Here are a few more tidbits of the film’s success:
- Biggest domestic preview gross ($57 million)
- Biggest opening day domestically ($119.1 million)
- Biggest domestic second weekend ($149.2 million)
- Biggest domestic third weekend ($90.2 million)
- Biggest opening week domestically ($390.8 million)
- Biggest opening weekend in 18 territories: U.K. (4-day), Australia, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Poland (3-day), Denmark (5-day), Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, Iceland, Serbia, New Zealand
- Fastest film to $1B globally (12 days)
- Biggest film of all time in the U.S. and the U.K.
If you are itching for more Star Wars action, the anthology film titled Rogue One, is set to be released on December 16, 2016. The film’s plot contains events happening before Star Wars: A New Hope.
So tell us, how many times have you seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters?