Magazine article Screen International

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Achieves Biggest Ever Day at UK Box Office with $14.37M

Magazine article Screen International

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Achieves Biggest Ever Day at UK Box Office with $14.37M

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The Force is most definitely strong at the UK box office.

Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens has recorded the biggest single day ever for any film with an astonishing non-final $14.37m (£9.64m) on it opening day (Thurs, Dec 17).

The figure tops the $14.15m (£9.48m) generated by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which opened on Friday July 8, 2011.

Midnight screenings alone accounted for $3.6m (£2.4m) of Star Wars opening day haul.

Given what it achieved on a Thursday, there's every chance that The Force Awakens could break its own record over the weekend.

The result also means that from just one day, The Force Awakens has beaten Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace's opening weekend of $14.2m (£9.51m) from 460 sites in July 1999.

On the Digital Cinema Media estate which includes Cineworld, Vue, Odeon and Picturehouse, The Force Awakens did at least 766,000 admissions on its opening day according to DCM's head of film Tom Linay. …

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