‘Star Wars’ Pushes U.S. Box Office to $11 Billion for First Time

Star Wars The Force Awakens
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The U.S. box office has hit the $11 billion mark for 2015 for the first time, thanks to a final push by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Domestic box office receipts for this year crossed the milestone on Tuesday, according to Rentrak. With two days left in 2015, the final number will hit about $1.1 billion.

This year’s total will be about $200 million ahead of the previous record of $10,919,694,802 set in 2013. And it’s 7.2% ahead of the 2014 mark of $10,356,099,042, which declined 5.2% from 2013.

Disney’s “The Force Awakens” took in $31.4 million on Monday in U.S. theaters for a domestic total of $571.4 million in only 11 days. The seventh “Star Wars” film may catch Universal’s “Jurassic World,” the top 2015 grosser at $652 million, by the end of the week.

“The Force Awakens” is already the fifth-biggest domestic grosser of all time, trailing “Avatar” at $760 million, “Titanic” at $658 million, “Jurassic World” at $652 million and “Marvel’s The Avengers” at $623 million.

Disney also had the third and fourth highest grossers this year with “Avengers: Age of Ultron” with $459  million and “Inside Out” with $356.5 million as the Pixar title became a surprise blockbuster. “Age of Ultron” is the ninth-highest domestic grosser of all time.

“Inside Out” edged Universal’s “Furious 7,” which drove to $353 million in domestic box office. Universal also had the sixth largest grosser with “Minions” taking in $336 million.

Universal will win the box office crown with more than 21%, followed by Disney at nearly 20%.

Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” took seventh with $265.9 million, followed by Fox’s “The Martian” at $225 million. Disney’s “Cinderella” came in ninth at $201 million followed by Sony’s “Spectre” with $196.5 million.

The top 10 films combined to gross more than $3.6 billion.


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  1. david5300 says:

    not with my dime

  2. Christian Denton says:

    Its consistently fascinating how much the industry obsesses over the latest records, without adjusting for inflation, as if every year, theater attendance is getting stronger and stronger. These numbers are irrelevant and completely publicly misleading. Look at the top twenty all time domestic grosses. The vast majority of them are from the last twenty years. Adjusted for inflation, only three of them are.

    • Jacques Strappe says:

      I totally agree. All things are never equal. Comparing total box office receipts for any movie release during any year is entirely meaningless and represents nothing more than studio marketing PR. It’s even a bigger sham when comparing global box office and when comparing current films to films from previous years since the figures are rarely adjusted for inflation or take into consideration the number of more expensive 3D and IMAX tickets sold that varies widely by movie. No two movies debut on the identical (number) movie screens in the same cities during the same days of the year facing the same competition. Now that the international market in aggregate eclipses US domestic box office receipts, not all films are launched in the same countries identically. Jurrassic World was released in China within days of its US release. Star Wars has yet to be released in China (January 9th)

  3. dioxinblues says:

    What is this in adjusted grosses against the previous #1 year’s grosses?

  4. Wojciech says:

    $11 billion?

  5. EK says:

    Disney not sending Star Wars screeners to Acad members citing piracy concerns. Nominations open tomorrow so their $1billion haul is sacrificing hard-to-come-by AMPAS votes. Too bad.

  6. Colin LaSaracina says:

    What do you know about Snoke

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