‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ sets new opening day record in the UK

J.J. Abrams' blockbuster smashes the previous record set by latest James Bond film 'Spectre'

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has enjoyed a record-breaking opening day in the UK.

After opening in cinemas at midnight yesterday morning (December 17), J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster raked in an enormous £9.6m in ticket sales, including £2.4m from midnight screenings alone.

The previous 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.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens goes on general release in the US today (December 18) after playing in select American cinemas yesterday. The seventh instalment in the iconic sci-fi franchise, which includes the return of original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, is widely tipped to become the highest-grossing film of all time.

According to a new report, Bond star Daniel Craig actually appears in J.J. Abrams’ film as a masked stormtrooper. Meanwhile, Harrison Ford has recalled how he broke his leg while shooting the movie at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire this summer.