Latest film proves huge success across the globe
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is likely to break the US and Canada record for the biggest box office debut weekend, Disney has said.
It is estimated that the film made £159.7m in ticket sales in North America this weekend, beating the record previously set by Jurassic World in June.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens also set a new opening night record in North America
The title brought in $57m (£38m) on Thursday night – beating the Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2‘s previous record of $43.5m set in 2011.
The film already broke the same opening night record in the UK, raking in an enormous £9.6m in ticket sales, including £2.4m from midnight screenings alone. It is estimated that the new film has taken £347m globally in the three days since its release. It opens in China, the second biggest cinema market in the world, on January 9.
The previous UK opening day record was set by Spectre in October, when the latest James Bond film took £6.3m in ticket sales. Before that, the record was held by previous 007 movie Skyfall, which raked in £6.2m on its opening day in 2012.
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