Star Wars: The Force Awakens delivered a nice Christmas Day package to Disney: A record $2 billion domestic gross for the first time in studio history. The movie also set a new Christmas Day domestic record with an estimated $49.3M. The previous record of $24.6M was set by Warner Bros.’ Sherlock Holmes in 2009.
In addition to SWTFA, this year’s top titles for Disney are Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Inside Out, Cinderella and Ant-Man. The Force Awakens will surpass Age Of Ultron‘s domestic tally of $459M during the day Saturday. Disney’s previous domestic record was $1.719B set in 2013. That was the year of Iron Man 3, Frozen, Monsters University, Oz The Great And Powerful and Thor: The Dark World.
Episode VII in the Star Wars universe has taken in an estimated $890.3M worldwide, with $449.9M of that coming from foreign and $440.4M domestic. The picture is destined to pass the $1B global mark during the weekend.
Additionally, The Force Awakens took in an estimated $27.5M at the international box office on December 25 and $76.8M globally. Christmas Day is traditionally soft overseas.
The movie is on track set a new second weekend record this frame, beating the $106.6M taken in by Jurassic World in its sophomore session.
Leading offshore territory for Star Wars is the UK with $83.0M (theaters there are closed Christmas Day). Germany is next with $44.6M, followed by France with $38.8M, Australia $29.7M, Japan $25.7M and Mexico with $16.9M.