Ticket sales are still being tallied after the first opening weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but already the film has grossed more worldwide than Jurassic World’s record-setting $524.9 million opening. At $528 million (the latest number revealed), the film will have earned about $3M more than Jurassic World.
However, comparing ‘The Force Awaken’s’ global opening with that of Jurassic World doesn’t take into account China, where the film won’t open until January 9, 2016.
In the US domestic box office, ‘The Force Awaken’s’ appears to have made $247 million, way ahead of Jurassic World that earned $208.8 million during its opening weekend.
“It’s bigger than big — it’s bigger than we thought it would be yesterday,” Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger told Bloomberg TV early Monday morning.
Morgan Stanley’s analyst Benjamin Swinburne estimates Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens could earn as much as $1.35 billion including ticket sales, merchandise, and future home media sales, minus the costs of marketing and distributing the $200M budget film.