Star Wars VII grosses $100 million in 10 days having already beaten all previous ‘Star Wars’ films, as well as ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ ‘Dark Knight’ and all but two ‘Harry Potter’ films.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens may be exploding around the world with stunning results, blasting past $1 billion in record time, but its power is arguably being felt most obviously in the country where much of the film was made.
After just 10 days of release, here in the UK, J.J. Abrams’ 7th installation of the space epic is already nearing the $100 million mark, with $97.2 million as of Saturday and having surpassed all previous Star Wars, plus The Hobbit, Pirates of the Caribbean and Dark Knight titles. It has also soared beyond all but two films from the Harry Potter franchise.
With Sunday’s results, the film – which was shot mostly in Pinewood and has two Brits, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, in lead roles – is expected to enter the top 10 films of all time in the U.K. (skipping over The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and begin challenging Jurassic World ($99.7 million) for the 9th spot.
While The Force Awakens still has a way to go before it starts challenging for the U.K.’s top positions, its momentum will likely see it soon knocking on the door of Disney’s only top 10 release, Toy Story 3 ($116 million), on its way towards 2015’s current leader Spectre ($138 million), plus the overall title holder Skyfall ($161 million).
Unless British cinema-goers see a sudden, unexpected switch of interests from lightsabers to transsexual Scandinavians or Miracle Mop inventors, with The Danish Girl and Joy both being released this week, The Forces Awakens hold on the local box office crown is likely to remain as tight as ever heading into the new year.