Mark another record broken, and stolen from fellow 2015 release Jurassic World, which accomplished the same feat in 13 days. Though Jurassic differed, being a summer release that also enjoyed the infusion of cash from the massive Chinese market, where Star Wars has yet to open.
To say that Hollywood has never seen a success on the scale of The Force Awakens is an understatement, with the movie’s trail of broken records setting the bar so high it’s hard to imagine anything in the future — except for, maybe, more Star Wars — reaching such heights.
The J.J. Abrams-directed space adventure nearly tripled the opening weekend box office take of the previous December record-holder, Peter Jackson‘s first The Hobbit movie. Now it’s made second-weekend history, with an estimated $154 million in domestic ticket sales surpassing the $103 million record set by Jurassic World earlier this year. It also nearly doubled the previous Christmas Day record-holder — Sherlock Holmes — with $49 million in tickets sold to the 2009 film’s $24 million.