Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hits $250M in Global Ticket Sales

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Stormtroopers attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens accumulated $250 million in global ticket sales including $120.5 million from domestic and $129.5 million from international box office as of Friday, according to data from The Numbers, a movie industry data provider operated by Nash Information Services LLC.

The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) said the Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on track to break box office world records. The movie is expected to achieve $220 million in ticket sales in theaters across the United States and Canada until Sunday. The estimated amount will surpass the $208.8 million sales recorded by Jurassic World in June.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens already broke some records in the film industry and received positive reviews and strong recommendations from critics and moviegoers.

Its $120.5 million domestic box office sales through Friday, was the highest single-day ticket sales ever recorded. According to Walt Disney Co., that amount included $57 million during the first showings on Thursday night. The mass media and entertainment conglomerate expected the movie to collect another $60 million in ticket sales from domestic box office on Saturday.

Walt Disney Co started showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens in global markets on Wednesday. The movie set opening-day records in Australia, Brazil, Britain, France, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and other countries.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens production cost

In 2012, Walt Disney Co. purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in cash and stock Lucasfilm was founded by George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars.  At the time, mass media and entertainment conglomerate said it would continue producing the Star Wars saga and expand the franchise in the future.

Walt Disney Co. spent $200 million to produce Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was directed, co-written, and co-produced by J.J. Abrams. The movie premiered in Los Angeles on December 14, and it was released on December 18.

Highest-grossing movie of all time

Box Office Mojo experts estimated that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will post around $575 million to $650 million in total opening weekend ticket sales globally.

Avatar generated $2.8 billion sales worldwide after its release in December 2009. The movie is the the holder of the record for the highest-grossing movie of all time. Star Wars: The Force Awakens could snatch the record from Avatar, according to movie industry analysts.