Worldwide box-office receipts for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” were higher than expected even as recently as Sunday, Disney CEO Bob Iger told BloombergBusiness. Iger said the total global box office for the opening weekend will be about $528 million, including about $247 in domestic receipts.
The numbers put “Force” on a pace to beat the previous global record of $524.9 million set earlier this year by “Jurassic World.”
Bloomberg adds: “The new ‘Star Wars’ film will nourish Disney’s studio, theme-park and merchandise businesses for years. Since acquiring creator Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, Burbank, California-based Disney has expanded the merchandise lines, produced new TV shows and mapped plans for themed lands at parks in California and Florida. And the studio has as many as five more ‘Star Wars’ films in the works.”