Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened in China this weekend, scoring a record $52.6m two-day opening.
Disney says that this is the largest Saturday/Sunday opening of all-time in the country, but it has also been pointed out that it’s the only film to have opened on a Saturday in China.
By comparison, some of 2015’s heavy-hitters, including Fast & Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Jurassic World managed quite commendable three-day tallies with $182.4m, $155.7m, and $99.1m taken respectively.
The Force Awakens continues to perform domestically, though. In the past week, it became the first film to pass $800m in the US and Canada, and became the highest-grossing movie of all time in North America and the UK.
Its worldwide tally currently stands at $1.7bn, quite a bit shy of Avatar’s $2.78bn record. Instead, The Force Awakens looks more likely to challenge second-placed Titanic’s $2.18bn box office performance by the time it leaves cinemas.