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‘The Force Awakens’ Powers U.S. Box Office Past Record $11 Billion

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‘The Force Awakens’ Powers U.S. Box Office Past Record $11 Billion

The record-shattering performance of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” propelled the North American box office past the $11 billion mark on Tuesday for the first time in history.

Media research firm Rentrak expects that figure to reach $11.1 billion by the time we ring in the New Year. The previous record of $10.919 billion was set in 2013.

“Hollywood built the perfect box office beast in 2015, with one hit movie after the next, week after week, exceeding expectations with a regularity that made it look easy,” Paul Dergarabedian, Rentrak’s senior media analyst, said in a statement. “With records falling like dominoes, the revenues just kept building as audiences flooded multiplexes in huge numbers.”

While the $571.4 million haul of “The Force Awakens” contributed significantly to the domestic box office’s biggest year yet, it certainly wasn’t alone: “Jurassic World” ended its North American run with $652 million (a tally soon to be eclipsed by “Star Wars”), while “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Inside Out” grossed $459  million and $356.5 million, respectively. “Furious 7” rounded out the Top 5 with $353 million.

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