Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Opens to Record $238M for Cosmic $517M Global Launch 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Courtesy of Lucasfilms 2015/Walt Disney Studios Star Wars: The Force Awakensshattered numerous box-office records over the weekend, grossing $238 million in North America — the biggest opening of all time, not accounting for inflation — for a global launch of $517 million. The previous biggest domestic opening was this summer's Jurassic World with $208.8 million. Worldwide, Force Awakens scored the second-biggest start of all time behind Jurassic World($524.9 million), which had the advantage of opening day and date in China. Force Awakensdoesn't debut in the world's second-largest moviegoing market until Jan. 9. Force Awakens' international haul was $279 million, the No. 3 opening of all time behindJurassic World ($316 million) and the final Harry Potter film ($314 million). The movie's stunning performance sets a new standard for how much the North American box office can expand when the right movie comes along, and puts even more pressure on Hollywood studios to eventize their tentpoles. It's also a critical victory for Disney, which paid George Lucas $4 billion for Lucasfilm in order to get its hands on the Star Wars franchise. Abrams' movie, buoyed by nostalgia, glowing reviews and an A CinemaScore, obliterated the previous December record set by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which debuted to $84.6 million in 2012. Moreover, overall revenue hit an all-time high, crossing $300 million for the first time ever. Mid-December isn't known for big opening numbers, since many consumers are distracted by pre-Christmas preparation Alvin 4, nabbing an A- CinemaScore, came in No. 2 for the weekend with $14.4 million from 3,653 theaters. That's the lowest start of any title in the franchise; the last installment debuted to $23 million. However, Road Chip has a shot at earning close to $100 million all in domestically, since it's the only new family offering heading into Christmas stretch. Sisters placed No. 3 with $13.4M from 2,961 theaters after receiving a B- CinemaScore. Fey and Poehler's other comedy together, Baby Mama, opened to $17.4 million in April 2008. Just as Alvin 4 has the advantage of being a family play, Sistershas the advantage of appealing to females, who made up a striking 76 percent of the opening-weekend audience.