Star Wars: The Force Awakens barreled over the biggest Tuesday box office record held since July 3rd, 2012 by The Amazing Spider-Man with an spectacular $37.3 million from 4,134 theaters. Spidey’s record of $35 million had held strong for nearly three and a half years before the Disney/Lucasfilm juggernaut crushed it. Was it really a surprise? Nothing can stop the juggernaut, after all.
This feat is even more impressive, however, when it’s considered that The Amazing Spider-Man actually opened on Tuesday. The Force Awakens had been in theaters since the Friday prior, allowing for four days to pass. Sadly, it’s not likely it will break the Wednesday record, which is currently held by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse with an opening day tally of $68.55 million. But, where there is The Force, there is a chance.
The J.J. Abrams directed sequel to Return of the Jedi (which came out over thirty-two years ago) has earned $325.4 million in North America so far and has become the fastest film to cross $300 million, beating out the previous record-holder, Jurassic World, which came out this summer and took eight days to reach the same mark. The Disney/Lucasfilm release has earned $689.4 million worldwide through Tuesday and already surpassed the entire global box office of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation of $682.3 million making it the number 7 money-making film of the year. At this rate, there’s no telling how high The Force Awakens will ultimately soar in terms of box office revenue considering the holiday season is upon us and moviegoers tend to flock to theaters at this time of year.
Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a rag-tag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. Star Wars: the Force Awakens is in theaters now.