The mid-week grosses are strong with this one. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has zoomed past the $400M mark internationally after adding an estimated $38.4M on Wednesday. That’s a slight 7% drop from the $41.3M that was loaded into the Millennium Falcon’s cargo hold on Tuesday and blasts the overseas cume to $402.4M. The global box office is now $765.9M — ahead of a weekend that certainly has $1B in its sights.
The UK has kept the turnstiles all a-twirl with $76.5M to date and is the leader amongst offshore plays. Marking yet another entry in the record books, SWTFA crossed £50M ($74.3M) with light speed in less than one week. That’s faster than any film in history. It has already bested the British pound box office lifetimes of Avengers Age Of Ultron, Frozen, The Dark Knight, Fifty Shades Of Grey, four of the eight Harry Potter films and each of the Hunger Games and Twilight franchise entries. For the year, it’s got only Jurassic World and Spectre ahead of it on the 2015 chart.
Star Wars added Greece and India today and of course still has China coming up on January 9. Today being Christmas Eve, a number of offshore markets will see somewhat muted activity which will no doubt pick right back up again throughout the weekend.
New releases in the markets this weekend include The Peanuts Movie which expands to about 40 more; Point Break which breaks into a handful of new plays including Russia; Daddy’s Home in the UK; and Ip Man 3 in Hong Kong. The martial arts action/drama stars Donnie Yen who will be seen next December in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.