Star Wars: The Force Awakens breaks just about every record set by Jurassic World in its opening week – except two.

If you thought the race between Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens was going to be a tight one, early indications would have agreed with you. Reports early in the weekend were predicting the film would not overtake Jurassic‘s worldwide opening weekend gross. But they were wrong. In fact, Star Wars smashed just about every record Jurassic World set earlier this year – with only two notable exceptions: its Saturday gross in the US (which it missed out on by a bit more than US$1 million) and its standalone gross for all territories outside North America (US$281 million versus US$316 million). Jurassic World still maintains its grip on those two records.

As of Tuesday in the US, its five day gross is now at US$325,438,146, which is some US$57 million more than Jurassic World had made at the same time – meaning it’s on track to smash that film’s US$650 million take in North America and US$1.67 billion international take.

Since its release, The Force Awakens has enjoyed breaking just about every record in the book, either set by Jurassic World or the final Harry Potter film. This includes the largest single day grosses ever on Friday, Sunday, Monday and non-opening Tuesday. It had the biggest weekend ever Worldwide (including the US) and in the US, the biggest IMAX opening ever, biggest midnight screenings ever, highest ever per theatre average (for a wide release film), and set the record for the fastest film to reach $100 million and $250 million and $300 million… and these sorts of records are set to keep on coming.

And one other thing is for certain: with Jurassic World and Star Wars both coming out in 2015, alongside the second Avengers film and Furious 7 – among many other record breaking films – this has been a very… very good year for the film industry.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in cinemas now.

All figures from Box Office Mojo.


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