“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” skyrocketed to a record $153.5 million in North America this weekend, blowing its competition and the box office record book into a galaxy far, far away.
The seventh entry in the beloved sci-fi adventure franchise has made Hollywood history every day since its debut on Dec. 18, and this weekend, the J.J. Abrams-directed reboot recorded the best first week ($391 million), Christmas Day ($49 million) and second weekend at the domestic box office that any movie ever has.
In the process, it lifted its worldwide box office haul past the $1 billion mark faster than any movie in Hollywood history, beating the 13 days it took “Jurassic World” to get there in June.
The record-breaking binge by “The Force Awakens” overshadowed a very strong debut by “Daddy’s Home,” the Mark Wahlberg-Will Ferrell comedy that was second with $38.8 million for Paramount. Finishing third was “Joy,” writer-director David O. Russell‘s comedy-drama starring Jennifer Lawrence as a millionaire miracle mop inventor, which took in $17.5 million in its debut for Fox.
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