Star Wars: The Force Awakens smashes Aussie box office records on opening weekend

The much-anticipated seventh film in the Star Wars franchise has demolished box office records taking more than $27m in its first three days.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens managed $27.254m on 941 screens between Thursday and Sunday, the largest ever opening weekend – an average of $28,963 per screen.

Jurrassic World had the previous biggest opening weekend this year with $16.063m in 605 screens.

Fast and Furious 7 is the highest grossing movie of the year at the moment in Australia with takings of $39.9m with Jurassic World in second spot on $38.9m.

The highest grossing film of all time is Avatar which managed $105m locally in 2009.

Unsurprisingly the rest of the weekend’s offerings failed to make a huge impact with Hotel Transylvania 2 the only other film to break the million-dollar mark, taking $1.281m on 290 screens.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 managed $883,164, taking its total earnings to $27.284m, just ahead of Star Wars’ opening weekend.

James Bond film Spectre is the only movie in the charts currently to have taken more money in its run so far with its $654,699 taking it to $32.955m in fourth spot.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Disney) $27,254,820 941 $27,254,820
Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sony) $1,281,820 290 $8,777,983
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Roadshow) $883,164 282 $27,284,820
Spectre (Sony) $654,699 242 $32,955,178
Creed (Wb) $476,662 201 $6,094,850
The Dressmaker (Universal) $332,325 180 $17,811,631
Bajirao Mastani (Eros) $305,226 29 $305,226
The Good Dinosaur (Disney) $296,889 196 $581,594
The Night Before (Sony) $263,064 149 $2,416,842
Mojin: The Lost Legend (Chinalion Film) $202,679 16 $202,679
In The Heart Of The Sea (Roadshow) $157,517 229 $2,368,633
Love The Coopers (Eone) $122,428 90 $1,565,825
Surprise (Magnum) $109,466 10 $109,466
Truth (Roadshow) $57,260 17 $257,677
Bridge Of Spies (Fox) $46,854 42 $7,431,950
Phoenix (Madman) $33,734 11 $260,019
Inside Men (Dreamwest Pictures) $29,571 10 $160,145
Secret In Their Eyes (Roadshow) $26,530 27 $1,565,978
The Martian (Fox) $22,834 29 $27,314,736
The Lobster (Sony) $21,309 8 $609,965

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