New ‘Star Wars’ Film Set To Shatter Opening Night Box Office Record
The previous record-holder was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ Part 2, which bowed with $43.5 million in Thursday night previews in 2011. Warner Bros. The Dark Knight Rises took in $30.6 million in 2012. The Force Awakens is set for the widest box office release of all time, playing in 4,134 theaters over its opening weekend. The opening night cume is a good indicator the sequel will break the overall weekend box office record, set this summer by Universal’s Jurassic World, which earned an astonishing $208.8 million in its first three days. Prerelease tracking is putting The Force Awakens between $180-220 million over the weekend.