Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Hits $765.9 Million Globally

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens” showed no signs of slowing down, heading into what is expected to be a hugely profitable Christmas holiday.

The seventh film in the space saga earned $38.1 million on Wednesday, pushing its domestic haul to $363.5 million. Internationally, the film picked up $38.4 million, bringing its global box office receipts to $765.9 million worldwide. At this rate, “The Force Awakens” is outpacing the likes of “Avatar” and “Jurassic World,” emboldening analysts to project it will end its run as one of the highest grossing films in history. The pic should earn $1 billion by the end of the week, making it the fastest picture to breathe that rarefied air.

It’s a busy time of year for moviegoing. On Friday, the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy “Daddy’s Home,” the action adventure remake “Point Break,” the Miracle Mop maker biopic “Joy” and the Will Smith drama “Concussion” all debut in wide release. The influx of new films and the continued dominance of “The Force Awakens” have ticket sellers such as Fandango reporting that advance sales are reaching record levels.

Paramount expanded “The Big Short,” its financial crisis comedy, to solid results, picking up $2.3 million after moving from eight theaters to 1,585 locations. The picture has earned $3.8 million since debuting last month. Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling star in the film from “Anchorman” director Adam McKay.

Holdovers, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” and the Amy Poehler and Tina Fey comedy “Sisters” were just ahead, pulling in $3.4 million and $2.5 million, respectively. The latest “Chipmunks” tale has earned $24.7 million, while “Sisters” has generated $21.8 million.

“The Force Awakens” is directed by J.J. Abrams, who previously revived “Star Trek.” It is a hit with most major critics and has received strong word-of-mouth, with audiences handing it an A CinemaScore. The picture is set three decades after “The Return of the Jedi,” and finds the Resistance doing battle with a new enemy. Disney is backing the $200 million production. The media company spent more than $4 billion in 2012 to acquire LucasFilm, the creator of the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” franchises.

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  1. Antaninos says:

    It is better from the prequels with Anakin Skywalker and Jar Jar Binks. But not original and feels like a reboot of the first trilogy…

  2. loco73 says:

    “The Force Awakens” is a decent, ok, safe movie, definitely too heavy on the nostalgia side, so-much-so that at times it feels like a reboot of “A New Hope”. That being said, it is not a bad, awful or unwatchable movie.

    Jar Jar Abrams did what was exactly expected of him. Restart the “Star Wars” franchise, now under the Disney banner, and justify their $4 billion dollar purchase of Lucasfilm, without stumbling out of the starting gate. That he achieved.

    One of the things, I think I like most about the movie, were the new casting additions to the franchise. Oscar Isaac, one of my favourite actors, goes without saying, but also John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. To me she is the heart and soul of the movie. It will be interesting to see how her story arc will develop. Plus Daisy Ridley is just lovely period.

    Lets see what Rian Johnson and Colin Trevorrow will do. I think and hope, Rian Johnson will do a good job. Less certain about Colin Trevorrow, though I enjoyed “Safety Not Guaranteed.

    I really wish we could get Doug Lyman to direct Episode IX…”Edge Of Tomorrow” was outstanding!

    Next up, is ‘Star Wars Rogue One”, and though I am not enthused about Gareth Edwards directing, I actually find myself more intrigued about “Rogue One” than “The Force Awakens”….

  3. Dee says:

    Gotta admit, while I know “the Force Awakens” — like the Star Trek films — was/is a pastiche, it is a very well done pastiche! MUCH better than even the two original Stars Films (A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back) that I’ve always enjoyed. Mainly, because those two films still had/have Lucas’s heavy-handed influence in the often corny lines that are too-often spouted by the actors (thank goodness for Harrison Ford’s impromptu style, and making up his own lines). The pace this film works as well as the original. So if one sees it as a rehash/reworking of the original, it must be admitted that it is a far superior version of “A New Hope”. :)

  4. LOL says:

    Force Awakens is essentially a torpid remake of its 1977 predecessor. It’s a lame product. European critics are the only ones to say it as it is.

    • nealbailey says:

      This is a torpid regurgitation of every arbitrarily negative comment I’ve ever read. It’s a lame response. European commenters would know that.

    • LOL? says:

      I’ll take a “torpid remake of its 1977 predecessor” over another poorly-written, poorly-acted, poorly-directed George Lucas green-screen fap-fest any day.

    • gary says:

      The opinion of European critics apparently doesn’t matter much then, does it? It will still will make insane money IN EUROPE and fuel insane money on all the sequels that are coming IN EUROPE. So I guess in your view, Europeans are just as lame as Americans.

      • You guys were just impossible to please. You wanted the perfect movie and therefore there was no way to fulfill your desire. Your unrealistic expectations was the reason your moviegoing experience was damaged. SW7 was a decent movie on its own. Its similarity to the originals shouldn’t be a negative. Its been 30 years you expect them to risk it all by going with a whole new plot line. This movie was laying ground work for future movies. You only look at the action and the main point and not look past the characters and the development. All these aspects were absent in the originals. The movie is only similar to a new hope if you say and interpret that as such. However, if you look past basic plotlines then you see major differences and a great film.

      • LOL says:

        The lame ones are, I guess.

  5. LOL says:

    Dude, it’s like you know me. Don’t forget the still living in my mother’s house bit.

  6. gary says:

    So much better on a big screen with an audience. I’d rather pay ten bucks and get out of the house like a normal person instead of being a nerd watching crappy copies of movies on my computer while I fondle myself and wish I had a girlfriend.

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