It only took twenty days, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens now holds the domestic record for all-time highest box office. According to THR, today the film will surpass Avatar’s $760.5 million. James Cameron’s film made $750 million during its initial 7-month run plus another $10 when it was re-released into theaters.
Additionally, Star Wars shows no signs of slowing down since it has no serious competition in January until maybe next weekend at best when 13 Hours and Ride Along 2 both try to make a grab at the #1 spot at the box office. But Star Wars is beloved and people are happily going out to see it multiple times.
As for when its box office might slow down, Disney has an ace up its sleeve—the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Some have speculated that the studio could lure fans back into another viewing if the trailer is exclusively attached to The Force Awakens, but we’ll see how long the studio chooses to wait on promoting their next Star Wars movie.
For The Force Awakens, it only has one left record to break, which is Avatar’s global box office total of $2.78 billion. However, Star Wars still has a long way to go until it crosses that milestone. The movie’s global box office currently stands at $1.54 billion (which is #4 on the all-time list), although keep in mind that doesn’t include China. The movie will finally open in that market on January 9th.
Box office analysts tell THR that they expect The Force Awakens to surpass Titanic for the #2 spot on the all-time global box office list and top out at around $2.2 – 2.4 billion, which would leave it a few hundred million shy of Avatar.
It will be interesting to see how much staying power The Force Awakens has, but nevertheless, the film has definitely been the box office behemoth we expected.
For more on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, take a look at some of our recent coverage provided at the links below:
- Simon Pegg on His ‘Star Wars’ Journey from ‘A New Hope’ to ‘The Force Awakens’
- ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Toys Making Fans Ask, “Where’s Rey?”
- Will ‘The Force Awakens’ Success Convince Disney to Release Future ‘Star Wars’ Movies in December?
- Fantastic ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Set Photos Revealed by Cinematographer Dan Mindel
- ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: Official Images of Snoke and Maz Kanata Released