The 2015 box office champ is here -- and he hails from a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars: The Force Awakens stomped all over a collection of box office records this weekend. Just to name a few…
- $238 million opening weekend, beating out the $208 million weekend by 2015’s Jurassic World
- Biggest single day opening
- fastest film to gross 1 million dollars (needed only one day)
- most money ever taken in by US movie theaters in a single weekend
However, Jurassic World still gets the last laugh as the one record the Disney juggernaut was not able to capitalize on was the Worldwide record. Jurassic World sales totaled 524.9 million worldwide opening weekend and Star Wars: The Force Awakens numbers are at $517 million (final numbers may change that figure in the coming hours).
Judging from the Box Office Mojo summary above, people outside the US look for 2 things in their blockbusters -- 1) James Cameron and 2) comic book heroes. At first glance, the numbers for Jurassic World and Furious 7 are shocking, but when you take a closer look, it makes perfect sense as an overseas fan base rushed into theaters to support familiar faces such as Guardians of the Galaxy's Starlord and Groot.
There’s two characters that resonate well with an overseas audience and Warner Brothers will be featuring them both in 2016’s Batman v. Superman. Call it a hunch, but I believe this film has everything it needs to knock Star Wars off it’s throne and become an all time Blockbuster Champion.
Here are 5 reasons why:
- 5 out of the top 10 films feature actors who have played a comic book hero or heroine in a major motion picture (Avatar, Jurassic World, The Avengers, Furious 7, Iron Man 3)
- 3 out of the top 10 are comic book movies
- Out of the top 5 that are not comic book films or feature actors from comic book franchises -- one of them is a Warner Bros. property (they cracked the code with Harry Potter and will do it again with Batman v. Superman)
- 5 out of the top 10 are based off comic books or literature that are popular overseas (just like DC comics)
- People have been anticipating this films since the marketing began with easter eggs 9 years ago in Warner Bros. "I Am Legend"
What do you think -- Can Warner Bros. give Star Wars a run for it's money?