If you are keeping track of the records that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breaks before 2015 finally comes to an end, we have another one for you. The IMAX Corporation recently announced that Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens passed the $106 million mark globally in just 12 days.
While you may have expected more, keep in mind that those 12 days don’t even include China, where the film opens January 9, 2016. The film premiered on December 27 in Shanghai at a specially built temporary IMAX theatre.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens reached its box-office milestone in record pace for IMAX, passing the previous record-holder, Jurassic World, which reached the same milestone 18 days after its release (and that included China).
During its second weekend, Star Wars: The Force Awakens grossed $27.2 million at the worldwide box office, with $18.6 million from 391 domestic IMAX locations and $8.6 million from 282 international sites, beating even the largest opening weekend worldwide for a film without China (Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, with $25.2 million).
Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues its record-smashing momentum in IMAX theatres after scoring the Company’s largest-ever worldwide box-office opening with $48 million, including benchmark domestic ($30 million) and international ($18 million) debuts.
Domestically, Star Wars: The Force Awakens averaged a stunning $48,000 per screen in its second weekend and cumulatively reached $70 million in just 11 days, outpacing Avatar, which took 30 days to reach that same benchmark.
International IMAX results for Star Wars: The Force Awakens during its second weekend were boosted by key territories ranging from Sweden to Brazil to Japan. The film has reached $36.6 million in total overseas so far.
“After achieving its historic opening weekend at the global box office, Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to thrill audiences and break records in IMAX theatres worldwide,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We are extremely proud of our contribution to this monumental release, as well as the future Star Wars installments; and we look forward to the continued global success of The Force Awakens throughout the rest of the holiday season and beyond.”
The IMAX 3D release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was shown in its digitally re-mastered format, which includes the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology.
Amazon hasn’t released the pre-sale numbers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blur-Ray edition, which started taking orders earlier this month, but we can only assume it is one of the biggest sellers that the company has offered in a few years.