Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Moviegoers Awaken: “Star Wars” Sets Friday Opening Record, Looks at $230 Mil Plus Weekend


The moviegoers have awakened. And they’ve gone in droves to “Star Wars.” Last night (including $57 mil from Thursday previews), “The Force Awakens” reaped more than $120 million and set a record for all time Friday night openings.

Now Disney– which spent months hedging bets with statements that this wouldn’t happen in case it really didn’t– is predicting $200-$225 $250 million for the weekend. That will also be the biggest opening ever.

Already, not counting last night, the J.J. Abrams extravaganza has well over $250 million in the bank including international receipts. And that’s just the beginning.

Disney, Abrams, Lucas, plus the three original stars– Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill– are all giving thanks this morning. Even Carrie’s dog, Gary, must be smiling.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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