Fans at a viewing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Sweden's Mall of Scandinavia. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT.
Fans at a viewing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Sweden's Mall of Scandinavia. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT.

Latest Star Wars film smashes Swedish box office record

"It has beaten Harry Potter"
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Harry Potter felt the full-force of Luke Skywalker as J.J. Abrams' Star Wars film broke the wizards' opening day box office record in Sweden.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a record breaking premiere in Sweden on Wednesday and Thomas Runfors, Communications Officer at the SF Bio multiplex chain, tells Radio Sweden that they had early screenings to meet demand.

"We had a huge capacity with 150 screenings in just Stockholm alone. We opened at 10 a.m. and went on until late in the evening to meet demand." 

More than 113,000 people saw the film at various cinema chains, with SF Bio - the nation's largest theater chain - itself selling more than 67,000 tickets. That figure beats the previous record of 63,000 set by the final film in the Harry Potter franchise.

Thomas Runfors says that SF Bio has taken over 200,000 bookings for the Christmas period, with the new Imax Cinema booked up into January.

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