NORTH AMERICA: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Sets New All-Time Tuesday Record with $37.4M; Five-Day Start is a Record Breaking $325.4M
on December 23, 2015
Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens continued its record breaking pace on Tuesday with $37.36 million for the day. The blockbuster seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise set a new record for the largest Tuesday gross of all-time, as it topped the $35.02 million opening day Tuesday performance of The Amazing Spider-Man back in July of 2012. The Tuesday gross for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was 53.5 percent stronger than the $24.34 million first Tuesday gross of Jurassic World earlier this year and 132 percent stronger than $16.09 million first Tuesday gross of Avatar back in December of 2009. The Force Awakens was down 7 percent from Monday's performance.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens flew past the $300 million domestic mark yesterday and has grossed a massive $325.44 million in five days of release. That represents the largest five-day start of all-time. In reaching the $300 million domestic milestone in just five days, The Force Awakens overtook Jurassic World as the quickest film to ever reach the $300 million domestic mark (Jurassic World took eight days to reach the milestone). The Force Awakens is currently running 26 percent ahead of the $258.49 million five-day start of previous five-day record holder Jurassic World. Given the continued strength of the film's daily holds thus far and Christmas falling on Friday this year; The Force Awakens looks like it will have no problem establishing a new second weekend benchmark this coming weekend. At its current pace, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to zoom past the $500 million domestic mark by the end of the weekend.
Overseas, Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in an estimated $41.3 million on Tuesday. That brings the film's overseas total to $364.0 million and current global total to $689.4 million.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip held steady in a distant second place on Tuesday with $4.04 million. The fourth installment of Fox's animated live-action hybrid franchise was up a very healthy 37 percent over Monday. In comparison, 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked increased 29 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $3.51 million. The Road Chip has grossed a solid $21.27 million in five days, as the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise is looking like it will be critic proof once again. The film is currently running 28 percent behind the $29.46 million five-day start of Chipwrecked.
Universal's Sisters took in $2.89 million to remain in third. The R-rated comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler was up a solid 14 percent over Monday's performance. In comparison, 2012's This Is 40 increased 189 percent on its first Tuesday (which fell on Christmas Day) to gross $4.37 million. With a five-day start of $19.34 million, Sisters is running 11 percent ahead of the $17.46 million five-day take of This Is 40. Both Sisters and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip should continue to hold up well throughout the holiday season.
The Good Dinosaur was up one spot over Monday to claim fourth place on Tuesday with $1.52 million. The 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar was up 33 percent over Monday and up 73 percent over last Tuesday. The Good Dinosaur has grossed a softer than expected $99.33 million in four weeks and will surpass the $100 million domestic mark today.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 was down one spot to round out the day's top five with $1.43 million. The final chapter of Lionsgate's young adult blockbuster franchise increased 19 percent over Monday and 14 percent over last Tuesday. Mockingjay - Part 2 has grossed $257.12 million in 33 days, which places the film 12 percent behind the $292.98 million 33-day take of last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.
Warner and MGM's Creed remained in sixth place with $1.10 million. The critically acclaimed seventh installment of the Rocky franchise was up 19 percent over Monday and up 3 percent over last Tuesday. Creed has grossed a stronger than expected $89.85 million in four weeks of release and is set to pass the $90 million domestic mark today.