‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Subdues ‘Skyfall’ for U.K.’s Biggest Movie of All Time

     January 8, 2016


Another day, another movie dominated by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This time around, the J.J. Abrams’ film has become the biggest movie of all time in the U.K. and Ireland, surpassing the previous record-holder Skyfall. This comes just over three weeks after the film opened, while it took more than two months for the James Bond film to reach the £100 million mark.

While no box-office record looks safe from the wrath of The Force, the film has yet to open in China. The January 9th release date in one of the world’s biggest movie-going countries will result in box-office stories either way, but it remains to be seen whether China will embrace Star Wars in the same way the rest of the world has, or whether it will merely pad the ledger a bit more. Jurassic World, Titanic, and Avatar still stand ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the all-time global box office chart. Whether that order changes in the next few days remains to be seen, but as records continue to fall, let’s keep one more thing in mind: Star Wars: The Force Awakens hasn’t even been in theaters for a month yet.


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Here’s a look at the details via press release:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the UK and Ireland’s biggest ever cinematic release. The film, which has only been on release for 22 days, has today overtaken Skyfall’s £103.2million in the UK and earlier this week became the second in history to reach £100million in the UK. Full Friday results to be confirmed. The result came after just 20 days of business compared to the 66 days Skyfall took to reach the same amount. Globally the film has already made over £1.59billion worldwide and this week became the biggest release at the US box office overtaking Avatar.


The Force is also awakening within the award season as the British Academy announced today that the film has been nominated for four BAFTA awards, Original Music, Production Design, Sound and Special Visual Effects.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke a number of records on its release on December 17th including the biggest ever UK opening weekend, the biggest ever opening worldwide, widest release of a title in the UK, highest advance bookings of all time and the first film to reach £50m within a week. The film also had the biggest ever single day at the box office with £9.7million.


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