Star Wars: The Force Awakens unsurprisingly collected a whopping $250 million of global ticket sales through Friday. The film headed toward a historic opening weekend in the United States and Canada as fans around the world reveled in the return of the beloved space saga.
The buzz around the seventh Star Wars movie has been astronomical, and the movie is living up to its box office expectations with ticket sales running into $220 million in the U.S. and Canadian theaters through Sunday.
Fans embraced the new installment in the series: a clash between good and evil in a galaxy far, far away. Thousands gathered for a friendly light saber battle in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, and moviegoers in cities such as Berlin and Paris arrived at screenings wearing Stormtrooper costumes, Jedi robes and Darth Vader masks.
Force Awakens has already smashed several film industry records and won praise from critics and moviegoers. It pulled in $120.5 million on its first full day, Friday, the highest single-day ticket sales ever.
That includes a chart-topping $57 million from fans who flocked to see the first showings on Thursday night. Saturday domestic receipts were expected to total $60 million, Disney said.
Force Awakens will began rolling out in global markets on Wednesday. Through Friday, international ticket sales had reached $129.5 million, as the movie set opening-day records in Britain, Germany, Australia, Brazil, and other countries.
The new Star Wars film is the first installment in a decade of the series, which was created by George Lucas in 1977. Disney bought Star Wars producer Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012 and spent more than $200 million to produce Force Awakens.
Fans in Africa will have to wait a while before seeing the movie as it’s only South African cinemas that are showing the movie at the moment. And although Sci-fi movies are not usually a big hit on the continent, it’s almost certain that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be met with rave reviews.