“Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” broke so many records this weekend, it’s hard to keep track of them all. Suffice it to say that the long-awaited resurrection of the “Star Wars” franchise came in number one this weekend with an estimated $238 million. That positively smashes the previous record for largest domestic opening weekend ever that was set over the summer by “Jurassic World,” which made its debut with $208 million. “The Force Awakens” set the record for highest opening day gross, making around $120 million on Friday, as well as demolished the record for opening night grosses, having made around $57 million on Thursday night alone. The one major record that it didn’t break was highest international opening weekend. As of Sunday night, it is estimated that “The Force Awakens” had a worldwide gross of $517 million this weekend, while “Jurassic World” opened with $524 million worldwide. That record would have been surpassed as well had “The Force Awakens” opened in China this weekend; however, it won’t start playing in the world’s second-largest movie-going country until January 9.
“The Force Awakens” has received positive reviews from critics and audiences, many of whom went out to theaters multiple times this weekend to rewatch the film. “The Force Awakens” will likely gain a substantial amount of grosses from repeat viewers, and, especially heading into the holiday weekend, it is not likely to experience a significant drop-off right away.
Believe it or not, there were other movies opening in theaters opposite “Star Wars” this weekend, and neither of them performed too poorly either. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” provided a more kid-friendly option for families. While the fourth film in the “Chipmunks” series had the lowest opening of any of the films to date, it still came in second with a solid $14.4 million. “Sisters” followed close behind in third with $13.4 million. That comedy is riding mainly on the strength of leads Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who play sisters throwing one last party in their childhood home. Meanwhile, the movie that dominated the box office for the last four weeks, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2,” dropped to fourth with $5.6 million.
Two Bollywood films also had a stellar weekend playing in limited release. “Dilwale” opened in ninth, grossing $1.8 million in only 268 theaters nationwide, while “Bajirao Mastani” made $1.6 million in 304 theaters.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.
1. “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”: $238 million
2. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”: $14.4 million
3. “Sisters”: $13.4 million
4. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2”: $5.6 million
5. “Creed”: $5.08 million
6. “The Good Dinosaur”: $4.2 million
7. “Krampus”: $3.7 million
8. “In the Heart of the Sea”: $3.4 million
9. “Dilwale”: $1.8 million
10. “Bajirao Mastani”: $1.6 million
11. “Spotlight”: $1.48 million
12. “Spectre”: $1.44 million
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
· Wehrenberg Theatres
· AMC Theatres
· Regal Movie Theatres
· Galleria 6
· Chase Park Plaza
· Granite City
· Moolah Theatre
· Hi-Pointe Theatre
· St. Andrews Cinema
· Plaza Frontenac Cinema
· Tivoli Theatre
For more info, visit Box Office Mojo.