‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Passes ‘The Avengers’ at Domestic Box Office

Star Wars The Force Awakens
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has passed “Marvel’s The Avengers” as the highest-grossing film in the history of Walt Disney Studios on a domestic basis.

The seventh film in the hugely popular science-fiction franchise has made $629 million domestically, surpassing the $623.4 million total gross of the superhero adventure. On Wednesday, “The Force Awakens” earned $28.1 million stateside and $36.7 million internationally.

Its $1.29 billion worldwide haul has moved past “Frozen” on the list of all-time highest-grossing films. “The Force Awakens” is on track to exceed $2 billion globally and could challenge “Avatar” as the biggest box office earner in history.

The “Star Wars” sequel wasn’t the only film getting a jump on New Year’s. The Weinstein Company moved up the wide release debut of “The Hateful Eight” by two days, and will push it from 100 theaters to 2,474 by Friday. The revisionist western earned $3.5 million on Wednesday for a fourth place finish, and should reel in roughly $20 million over its first five days in theaters. It has generated $10.2 million since opening in limited release over Christmas.

“Daddy’s Home” snagged second place on Wednesday, picking up $6.7 million to push the Mark Wahlberg-Will Ferrell comedy to $58.8 million domestically. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” came in third with $4.2 million, while “Sisters” rounded out the top five with $3.2 million. The “Chipmunks” sequel has grossed $52.4 million, while “Sisters” has generated $46.8 million.

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  1. Mark says:

    Since ticket prices keep going up we’ll always have some blockbuster break the record. If you adjust for price the highest ranking box office total for a movie is Gone With The Wind.

  2. Stuart says:

    I can’t see it making another 1.5B. That would be more than Jurassic Worlds entire run. It’s only tracking slightly above it at the moment. The holidays are almost over & its dropping at about 20% week in week. That drop will be higher next week with everyone back at school & work. So I think Avatar is safe now.

    • Anthony says:

      It has not opened in China yet. Opening day for China is January 9th.

      • Joe1111 says:

        Everyone keeps talking about China, but at most that market alone can probably only add another $500M under perfect circumstances that buck all past Disney and Star Wars universe performance by a huge margin. Even if that happens, it only has another $350M tops coming from North America and another $400M overseas outside China (the foreign markets without China have only tracked slightly ahead of the domestic market). That gives it another $1.25B, for a final around $2.5B. And that’s with soft falls everywhere week to week and a ridiculous China number. Unfortunately TFA has been performing on a 4.0 multiple path, which is great but not enough. A more likely endpoint worldwide is $2.2B, with about 40 percent from the U.S.

        Avatar made over $2B from overseas markets alone. It’s a record unlikely to be broken for decades until inflation and market expansion make it inevitable.

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