Star Wars: The Force Awakens smashes box offices worldwide

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has broken box office records around the globe, making an estimated $517 million so far

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has smashed box office records around the globe, raking in an estimated $517 million on opening.

Within the first four days, the seventh film in the blockbuster franchise - which was sold to Walt Disney for by Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012 - reached a staggering £32.8 million in the UK breaking 'Jurassic World's' record for the highest grossing four-day-opening weekend of all time.

And in the US, the film - which stars the likes of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill and is directed by J.J. Abrams - has taken an impressive $238 million domestically and $279 million internationally, bringing the weekend global box office takings to an astounding total of $517 million.

In the UK and Ireland, the movie - which also stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley - beat the two current leading three-day-openers, 'Skyfall' and 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows 2' at this stage in release whilst also overtaking the entire lifetime totals of the first 'Hunger Games' film, 'Amazing Spider-Man 2', 'Prometheus', 'The Martian', 'Transformer' and 'Fast & Furious 6'.

The next effort to top the box office will be in China, where the film will be released on January 9.

China is the world's second-largest movie market and the last 'Star Wars' movie only made $9 million there in 2005, according to the Guardian newspaper.

The current highest-grossing movie of all time is 'Avatar', which raked in $2.8 billion in global sales.

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