Friday, July 12, 2024

“Star Wars” Now U.S. All Time High Weekend Opener, 2nd International to “Jurassic World”


Just so we’re all on the same page. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is now the record holder for biggest ever opening weekend at $240 million. That beats this year’s “Jurassic World.”

However, “Jurassic World” holds the title for total global weekend opener, beating “The Force Awakens” by about $7 million. The latter came in at $517 million. Someone in a foreign land didn’t hold up their part of the bargain.

So now “Star Wars” has been seen by at least 25 million people in the U.S. in one weekend. That’s saying an average movie ticket is $10. That includes IMAX and 3D, with major cities at higher prices.

That’s more than a third of the number of people– 65 million– who voted for Barack Obama in the 2012 Presidential election.

Think about that for a minute.

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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