Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Star Wars sequel breaks Aust film records

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has chalked up three new all-time records for Australia's box office.
The highly anticipated sequel launched last Thursday on a record 941 screens in Australia, film distributor Walt Disney Studios Australia announced on Monday.
The film beat the Avengers: Age of Ultron film, which debuted on 760 screens.
Star Wars also made an opening day record in Australia of more than $9.4 million and an opening weekend over $27.2 million, which in both cases was previously held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
In has generated a record $US238 million ($A334.4 million) in US and Canadian ticket sales over the weekend, according to Walt Disney Co estimates.
The first Star Wars film in a decade took in a total of $US517 million at box offices around the world, Disney said on Sunday.
Domestic sales eclipsed the previous $US208.8 million record set by dinosaur adventure film Jurassic World in June.
Force Awakens is the seventh installment in the epic science-fiction franchise created by George Lucas in 1977. Disney bought producer Lucasfilm for $US4 billion in 2012.
Fans of the series revelled in the chance to revisit the Star Wars galaxy at the weekend. Some dressed as Jedi or Sith, carried light sabers and cheered when classic characters such as Princess Leia or Chewbacca appeared on screen.
Theatres added showtimes to meet demand, Disney said.
- See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/culture/showbiz/movies/2015/12/21/star-wars-film-sets-box-office-record.html#sthash.rzoZheRk.dpuf