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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Hits $1.5 Billion, On Track to Beat ‘Avatar’ at Domestic Box Office

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Already beating “Titanic” and “Jurassic World” at the domestic box office, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is also on track to surpass “Avatar’s” record as the highest-grossing movie in North America.

According to Variety, “The Force Awakens” has earned a total $740.4 million at the domestic box office — $88.3 million of that number from this weekend — and is on its way to surpass “Avatar’s” currently-held $760.5 million record.

Internationally, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is up to a $1.5 billion gross, making the J.J. Abrams pic the sixth highest-grossing movie of all time. Surely when the film premieres next week in China, it’ll jump up to third place — beating out the current fourth and fifth-place record holders, “Furious 7” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” within a week.

Amidst the “Star Wars” mania, Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home” managed to claim the second place spot at the domestic box office, earning $29 million this weekend, and bringing its total gross to $93.7 million from stateside ticket sales.

Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” came in at third place this weekend, brining in $16.2 for The Weinstein Company. Since debuting in a limited release on Christmas Day, the film has earned $29.6 million.

Rounding out the top five, the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler-led “Sisters” raked in $12.6 million this weekend for Universal, in fourth place — for a total gross of $61.7 million, domestically — followed by Fox’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” in fifth place, with $11.8 million this weekend, for a $67.4 million total. Both films came out the same weekend as “The Force Awakens.”