Published: Mon, December 21, 2015
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Are Star Wars movies on Netflix streaming?

The seventh movie in the beloved space saga was expected to sell more than US$220 million of tickets in American and Canadian theatres by yesterday, beating the record US$208.8 million for Jurassic World in June, Walt Disney Co said last Saturday. The blockbuster broke records for the biggest box office draw on an opening weekend in both the USA and globally.

This by far exceeds the existing $91 million United States dollars first day record set by 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.' Additionally, it is also the first Star Wars movie to surpass $100 million USD in a single day! With its opening weekend success, 2015 now has three of the top domestic opening weekends of all time, with "Jurassic World" and "Marvel's The Avengers". Star Wars: The Force Awakens - which cost $350 million to produce and promote - garnered a whopping $517 million worldwide in ticket sales on its opening weekend.

The opening weekend numbers are a vote of confidence for Disney, which purchased the Star Wars franchise from Lucas for $4.1 billion in 2012. A total of 2 million tickets were booked ahead of the release - breaking another record for advanced ticket bookings. Friday's $120.5 million gates blasted that record into hyperspace.

John Boyega surprised "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" fans by showing up at several screening of the new movie.

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker with Yoda in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. However, Jurassic World opened in China on its first weekend, something that won't happen for The Force Awakens until 9 January.

The Force Awakens could become the highest-grossing movie of all time, box office analysts said.

"...The successful theatrical revival of Star Wars kicks off a multi-year, cross-divisional, hugely profitable franchise for Disney", she said. Lauding the nostalgic throwbacks to the original series, audiences gave the new release an A grade, according to polling firm CinemaScore.

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