Star Wars: The Force Awakens smashes UK box office records by taking £50m in its first week

The force is with this movie as records tumble...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the first film to take £50million at the UK box office within the first seven days of opening.

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The film’s current take stands at £51.4m in the UK and $700m globally, according to Disney.

Earlier this week the much-awaited return opened in 670 sites on more than 2700 screens across the country.

The franchise reboot’s three-day weekend took £24.3m at the box office, itself a new record at UK cinemas. This was ahead of the £23.75m achieved by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in July 2011.

Thursday takings of £9.68m pushed the opening figure to £34m – a record for a four-day debut.

“We are delighted to see the galaxy embracing The Force Awakens” says Tony Chambers, The Walt Disney Company UK’s head of distribution. 

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“The film is breaking records and, to meet demands, exhibitors across the UK are adding shows to ensure tickets are available for everyone to enjoy the adventures of these new and beloved classic characters throughout the Christmas holidays.”