STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Blasts Past $1.5 Billion Worldwide
Disney and Lucasfilm ended 2015 and started 2016 with a bang: their first effort, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, scored a historic and record haul of $88.3 million on New Year’s Day. Having finished up the holidays with $740.3 million in North America alone – a chunk of change that guarantees Star Wars will sail past the previous record, Avatar‘s $760.8 million – the J.J. Abrams helmed film has achieved the third biggest weekend in history and is in no danger of hitting the breaks any time soon.
Having helped the North American box office hit a record overall total of $11 billion in 2015, The Force Awakens is the fastest title to have hit the $700 million mark – establishing itself as king in just 16.5 days – a feat that took Avatar a whopping 72 days to reach. As for its overseas performance, the film hit $96.3 million this weekend, for a current total of $770.5 million. Having passed Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s worldwide haul on Friday, Furious 7 and The Avengers will be bypassed come Monday. With its China release on the ever-nearing horizon, we’ll soon get more of an idea of how close Star Wars: The Force Awakens will come to Avatar‘s $2.7 billion worldwide total – a total that currently sets it as the highest grossing film of all time. Analysts now believe Star Wars has a shot at replacing Avatar as the highest grossing film of all time worldwide.