Magazine article Screen International

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Eyes Box Office History

Magazine article Screen International

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Eyes Box Office History

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If JJ Abrams? Star Wars: The Force Awakens lives up to the hype and the predictions of industry observers, it could overturn the June heroics of Jurassic World and set a new North American opening weekend record for the second time in a single year.

Universal?s global smash trounced the competition back in the summer when it achieved $208.8m at the North American box office and there is mounting speculation that The Force Awakens could top that figure.

The film is also looking good to beat the $43m Thursday night previews record of set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011.

By Tuesday combined advance ticket sales had surpassed $100m, putting into the shade the previous mark of $25m set by The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, according to reports.

The film is the biggest seller in online ticketing service Fandango?s history and MovieTickets. …

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