Star Wars The Force Awakens shattered the box office record for best domestic opening.

The Force Awakens Broke Pretty Much Every Box Office Record But One

The Force Awakens Broke Pretty Much Every Box Office Record But One

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Dec. 20 2015 1:35 PM

The Force Awakens Broke Pretty Much Every Box Office Record But One

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega).

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Coming into the weekend, there was little doubt that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would make all the money. But how much is all the money, exactly? $238 million in North America, and $517 million worldwide. That is all the money.

The former number is enough to handily shatter the record for biggest-ever domestic opening, which was previously held by Jurassic World ($209 million). Other records the film Force-choked into oblivion: biggest single-day gross ($120.5 million), biggest December opening, and biggest theater average for a wide release ($57,568).

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And yet the film will not, it seems, snag the record for biggest global debut of all time, a failure you can blame on China and the universal appeal of dinosaurs. Jurassic World opened to $525 million worldwide, largely because it screened in the world’s most populous country, and second-largest movie market, on its very first weekend; The Force Awakens doesn’t premiere there until January. 

Sharan Shetty is on the editorial staff of the New Yorker. You can follow him on Twitter