Fifty days after it first soared into theaters and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is still shattering box office records. As of today, "The Force Awakens" is expected to cross $900 million at the domestic box office, becoming the first -- and only -- film in history to hit that milestone. This puts even more distance between "Star Wars" and the domestic runner up, "Avatar," which $760.5M in the US during its run.
By Saturday, a press release from Disney notes that the latest "Star Wars" film will become the third film to cross the $2 billion mark world wide, and just the second to do so in its initial theatrical run. It will join "Avatar" and "Titanic" in the worldwide $2 billion club.
“This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' such an extraordinary success,” said Alan Horn (Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios) in a Disney press release. “The film’s achievements are truly astounding, and it’s our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the Star Wars legacy alive for many years to come.”
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opened on December 18, 2015, breaking records for single day, opening weekend, the Monday record and fastest-to-$300M record in under a week's time. Disney's press release includes a more in-depth list of the records the film has so far claimed.
·Biggest domestic preview gross ($57 million)·Biggest opening day domestically ($119.1 million)·Biggest domestic second weekend ($149.2 million) ·Biggest domestic third weekend ($90.2 million)·Biggest opening week domestically ($390.8 million)·Biggest opening weekend in 18 territories: U.K. (4-day), Australia, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Poland (3-day), Denmark (5-day), Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, Iceland, Serbia, New Zealand·Fastest film to $1B globally (12 days)·Biggest film of all time in the U.S. and the U.K.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stars franchise veterans Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow. The film is now playing in theaters.