Star Wars Blows Away Second Weekend Record With $153.5 Million At Box Office


Star Wars: The Force Awakens took down yet another record this weekend, raking in $153.5 million at the domestic box office and obliterating the previous record of $106 million by a significant margin.

That record belonged to Jurassic World, set earlier this year, but The Force Awakens also seems to have lifted the box office along with it in a way that most blockbusters don't. TheWrap says it's likely this weekend will set a new all-time box office record as Daddy's Home, Joy and The Hateful Eight all debuted to respectable numbers as well.

The existing record for opening weekend box office is $269 million; once the numbers are in, TheWrap says it's likely this weekend will have made in the neighborhood of $300 million.

Star Wars, that means, accounted for more than half of the total weekend box office. At a minimum, it made significantly more (around $30 million more) than the rest of the top ten combined.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters December 18, 2015, kicking off a new trilogy of Saga films as Episodes VIII and IX are already scheduled. The film garnered a record $247 million at the domestic box office and $529 million globally in its opening weekend.