With light speed, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” amassed $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
“You almost have to rewrite all the record books for this movie,” box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Rentrak tells the Associated Press. “It’s absolutely mind-blowing that ‘Star Wars’ could get to a billion dollars in 12 days and it hasn’t even opened in China, the second biggest movie market in the world.”
Of the many films that opened last week, the comedy “Daddy’s Home” starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg took the second slot with $38.8 million, followed by “Joy” with Jennifer Lawrence in third with $17.5 million, according to weekend estimates. Final numbers will be on Monday.
“Concussion,” starring Will Smith in a fact-based drama about head injuries in the NFL, debuted in sixth with $11 million and the rebooted “Point Break” opened in eighth with $10.2 million. Quentin Tarantino’s Western “The Hateful Eight” had a strong $4.5 million limited-release opening in 11th with an impressive $45,000 per-screen average.
Two returnees rounded out the top five: “Sisters” with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, which finished in fourth with $13.9 million, and “Alvin and Chipmunks: The Road Chip” in fifth with $12.7 million.
Watch the cast of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” sing the theme song below: