'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Obliterates All-Time Monday Record with Massive $40.1M; Four-Day Start is a Record Breaking $288.1M

on December 22, 2015 by Daniel Garris
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Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens continued its truly historic box office run on Monday with a record smashing Monday gross of $40.11 million. The blockbuster seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise obliterated the previous all-time Monday record of $27.66 million that had been set by Spider-Man 2 way back in July of 2004. Star Wars: The Force Awakens topped the previous Monday record by $12.44 million and 45 percent. Monday's gross for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was 58 percent stronger than the $25.34 million first Monday gross of Jurassic World earlier this year and was 145 percent higher than the $16.39 million first Monday gross of Avatar back in December of 2009.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens was down 34 percent from Sunday's performance.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has grossed $288.08 million in four days, which easily represents the largest four-day start of all-time. The Force Awakens topped the $234.15 million four-day start of previous record holder Jurassic World by $53.93 million and 23 percent. The Force Awakens is obviously set to fly past the $300 million domestic mark today. Reaching the $300 million milestone in five days will set another new record, as current record holder Jurassic World reached the $300 million milestone in eight days. Given the strength of the film's daily holds on Sunday and Monday, the film's strong word of mouth and Christmas falling on Friday this year; Star Wars: The Force Awakens already looks to be on course for a record breaking second weekend performance.

Overseas, Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in an estimated $41.7 million on Monday. That brings the film's overseas total to $322.7 million and current global total to $610.8 million.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip held steady in a distant second place with $2.95 million. The fourth installment of Fox's animated live-action hybrid franchise was down 33 percent from Sunday's performance. In comparison, 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked fell 59 percent on its first Monday to gross $2.71 million. The Road Chip has grossed $17.24 million in four days. That is in line with pre-release expectations and places the film 34 percent behind the $25.96 million four-day start of Chipwrecked. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is highly likely to hold up very well throughout the holiday season.

Universal's Sisters took in $2.53 million to remain in third. The R-rated comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler declined 38.5 percent from Sunday. In comparison, 2012's This Is 40 fell 56 percent on its first Monday to gross $1.51 million (though it should be noted that its first Monday fell on Christmas Eve). Sisters has grossed a very solid $16.46 million in four days. The film is running in line with expectations and is running 26 percent ahead of the $13.09 million four-day take of This Is 40. Like Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, Sisters should hold up well throughout the holiday season. It should also be noted that Sisters was far less expensive to produce than The Road Chip was.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 followed in fourth place with $1.20 million. The final chapter of Lionsgate's blockbuster young adult franchise was down 35 percent from Sunday and up 18 percent over last Monday. Mockingjay - Part 2 has grossed $255.69 million in 32 days, which places the film 12 percent behind the $291.07 million 32-day take of last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.

Disney's The Good Dinosaur and Warner's Creed claimed fifth and sixth place with respective takes of $1.14 million and $0.92 million. The Good Dinosaur declined just 21 percent from Sunday, while Creed fell 41 percent. Respective 27-day grosses stand at a softer than expected $97.81 million for The Good Dinosaur and a stronger than expected $88.75 million for Creed.

Tags: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, Sisters, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, The Good Dinosaur, Creed
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