Star Wars set to break more box office records

According to Disney, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to break the US and Canada record for the biggest ever box office debut weekend.

It is estimated that the blockbuster film made £159.7m in ticket sales in North America this weekend, beating the record previously set by Jurassic World in June.

star_wars_the_force_awakens_entertainment_edinburghStar Wars: The Force Awakens also set a new opening night record in North America

JJ Abrams film brought in $57m (£38m) on Thursday night – beating the Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2’s previous record of $43.5m set in 2011.

Earlier this week, the film smashed the same opening night record in the UK, raking in a staggering £9.6m in ticket sales, including £2.4m from midnight screenings alone.

It is estimated that the new film has taken £347m globally in just three days since its release.

The film opens in China – the second biggest cinema market on the planet – on January 9.

The previous UK opening day record was set by Spectre, which took £6.3m in ticket sales in October.

Before that, the record was held by previous Bond film, Skyfall, which made £6.2m on its opening day back in 2012.