We all knew that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would break records, with J.J. Abrams' latest movie pulling in a huge $238 million in its opening weekend in the United States. The Force Awakens had already broken single-day records with $57 million.
As for the global numbers, The Force Awakens looks to have taken in $517 million - a mind-blowingly huge number. Rival distributors are saying that The Force Awakens grossed closer to $245 million domestically, with the final numbers to be released on Monday. Prior to this huge haul from The Force Awakens, the previous record holder was Jurassic World with $208.8 million worldwide.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens scooped up the second-biggest start behind Jurassic World (which pulled in $524.9 million), which had help from its Chinese box office numbers. The Force Awakens doesn't open up in China, which is the second-largest moviegoing market in the world, until January 9. Walt Disney Studios chairman, Alan Horn, said in a statement: "Our sole focus has been creating a film that delivers that one-of-a-kind Star Wars experience, and director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and the Lucasfilm team have outdone themselves".