Goldman: ‘Star Wars’ won’t be top grossing film

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Headed for Record $50M-$55M Thursday-Night Opening.

Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens is headed for a $50 million-$55 million Thursday-night opening at the North American box office, a record number that could climb as high as $60 million by morning.

The previous champ was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ Part 2, the final film in the franchise, which earned $43.5 million in Thursday previews in July 2011. The Disney and Lucasfilm’s sequel, set 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi, is getting the widest December release of all time and will be playing in a total of 4,134 theaters by Friday. The reboot also stars Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o and Domhnall Gleeson along with original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. Many believe it will easily beat this summer’s Jurassic World ($208.8 million) to score the biggest domestic opening of all time; by just how much is the big question. December isn’t known for monster numbers because of pre-Christmas preparations (to date, the biggest December launch belongs to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with $84.6 million).

Abrams’ film is opening simultaneously around the world (save for China, where it debuts on Jan. 9), grossing a stellar $14.1 million on Wednesday as it launched in its first 12 markets, eclipsing all previous Star Wars films.

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