Back in June, Jurassic World wowed analysts by running away with the opening box office crown. The movie stormed its way to $208 million, which put it past original record-holder The Avengers. Disney was gracious about the whole thing and Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige even released a little image on his Twitter page with a T-Rex holding Mjolnir (of course there was Star-Lord actor Chris Pratt riding the dinosaur, but we’ll not quibble).
But all eyes were on this December and the question of whether or not Star Wars: The Force Awakens, arguably a once-in-a-lifetime event, could take the crown. At first glance, it seems obvious that a film with a built-in audience like Star Wars, and that audience hungry for a redeemed franchise, would crush the record. But there was also December shopping trends to consider, no one knew if the movie was any good, and so forth. It was a likely thing; not a sure thing.
Even Jurassic World producer Frank Marshall got a little cocky with George Lucas on the red carpet for The Force Awakens, which resulted in one of my favorite videos of the year:
Then the numbers came in, and Star Wars absolutely dominated. The movie grossed $238 million domestic over the weekend and also won the crown for global box office as well. It’s the undisputed champ and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future.
Marshall tweeted out congratulations to the Star Wars folks today (it’s important to remember that The Force Awakens producer Kathleen Kennedy used to work with him and Steven Spielberg for a long time), and it’s all one big, moneymaking Hollywood family. It also doesn’t hurt that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will be the one to close out the sequel trilogy since he’s helming Star Wars: Episode IX, which opens in 2019.
— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) December 21, 2015
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