‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ opened up a new front with $248 millions in box office collections breaking all record in the North American market of US and Canada together in its first week.
The overall global box office collections touched $529 million in the first week, said Walt Disney, which has revived the franchise. The film is expected to push Disney earnings this year past the $5-billion mark.
Disney’s 2015 hit films included Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ant-Man,” while Pixar animation “Inside Out” and live action fairytale “Cinderella” too minted money at the box office.
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is the seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series featuring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Max von Sydow.
The film was released all over the world on December 16 and in US and Canada on the night of December 17. It has also created biggest openings in the United Kingdom, Australia and Russia. The record this year was set by the film “Jurassic World” with a box office collection of $524 million for Universal Pictures.
Set about 30 years after Return of the Jedi (1983), the film follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron’s fight with the Resistance, led by veterans of the Rebel Alliance, against Kylo Ren and the First Order, descended from the Galactic Empire.
After ‘The Force Awakens’, Disney is planning two more sequels in the planned trilogy by Disney after the acquisition of Lucasfilm in October 2012.Despite ten years of gap, the film remained top grosser at the box office.