The movie earned $40.1 million in North America Monday, completely crushing the previous record of $27.7 million held by 2004's "Spider-Man 2." Analysts expected a big Monday for "The Force Awakens," as 70 percent of schools are on holiday.
The movie has now accumulated $610 million worldwide. It shattered several records with a boffo opening weekend: $248 million domestic debut and a $529 million global launch. Undoubtedly more records will fall, too: "The Force Awakens" should easily best the record held by "Jurassic World" for the fastest movie to cross the $300 million mark. The dinosaur sequel took eight days to reach that figure; "Star Wars" likely will only need five.
Box office experts also predict that "The Force Awakens" will join "Titanic" and "Avatar" as the only films to make more than $2 billion worldwide.
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Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights. Read More