Smash hit TV shows and a blockbuster from a galaxy far, far away are among new title holders revealed today from the big and small screen in the new Guinness World Records 2017 Edition book.

In film, the latest instalment in the popular franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has earned three new titles.

Directed by JJ Abrams, the resounding worldwide success of the sci-fi epic has seen it break new world records for the Fastest movie to gross $500 million at the US box office, Largest box-office weekend with $247.9 million generated, and Most views on YouTube, movie trailer (official) with 91,512,152 views.

Elsewhere, Game of Thrones has continued its reign as the world’s Most pirated TV show.

According to download monitoring website, TorrentFreak, from April to June 2015, there were about 14,400,000 illegal downloads of the fantasy drama per episode, marking the fourth consecutive year the show has taken the title.

There is more positive news for Game of Thrones however, as it also appears in the Guinness World Records 2017 Edition book after setting a new record for Most Emmy awards won by a TV series in one season with 12 for its fifth series.

Elsewhere, AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead appears in the book after setting the record for Largest series premiere on cable TV.


According to Entertainment Weekly, the 90-minute debut of the horror/drama spin-off Fear the Walking Dead (AMC, USA) on 23 August 2015 delivered 10.1 million viewers and an incredible 6.3 rating among adults aged 18–49.

The series' first season garnered higher ratings than the hugely popular original, The Walking Dead, to which it is the prequel.


The Guinness World Records 2017 Edition is available on September 8th for the suggested retail price of £20 UK and $28.95 US. 
The Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2017 will also be available on September 8th for £9.99 UK and $14.99 US