The company said the seventh installment of the “Star Wars” saga made an estimated $145.9 million over the weekend, including $53 million in China.
“China led the way as the final international market to open with an estimated two-day weekend (total) of $53M, making it the highest Sat/Sun opening of all-time there as well as the biggest industry opening Saturday of all-time,” a statement from Disney said.
Disney said the China numbers put the film’s global total over $1.73 billion, behind only “Avatar” ($2.79 billion) and “Titanic” ($2.19 billion), both by filmmaker James Cameron.
“Jurassic World” had previously been number three, with $1.67 billion in total box office receipts.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also became the all-time highest grossing film in the North American market this week, with cumulative sales topping $800 million for the first time ever, Disney said.