‘The Force Awakens’ Breaks IMAX Record

‘The Force Awakens’ Breaks IMAX Record

By Amanda Joyce Dec 29, 2015 03:45 PM
Photo Credit: LucasFilm

Star Wars has been cleaning up at the box office. It isn’t even out everywhere in the world yet, and it’s already one of the biggest movies of the year. While other movies, like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World, saw most of their bigger box office gains happen in China’s massive theater release, The Force Awakens hasn’t even premiered there yet, and it’s already broken an IMAX record.

In just 12 days, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens made more than $106 million on IMAX screens alone. For comparison, the biggest moneymaker of the year was Jurassic World, and it took 18 days for it to reach $100 million on IMAX screens. And Jurassic World made that money with help from a release in China, which has seen huge box office numbers for American made films this year.

IMAX, while it’s existed for years, is a viewing experience that’s become more and more popular for genre films over the last few years. Not every theater has an IMAX screen, and patrons have gone out of their way to drive to other towns just to see a movie in IMAX instead of the standard widescreen format. It’s slowly becoming more popular than 3D.

Expect The Force Awakens to continue dominating the box office on a global front in the new year as theaters have remained packed since the movie opened domestically and has already leaked on file sharing sites. The film will land in theaters in China on January 9, and IMAX will continue rolling the movie out in theaters around the world for the next two months, only adding to the global gross.

Tags: Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens 3D (2015)
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