‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Crossing $2 Billion Worldwide

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Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is expected to cross the $900 million mark at the domestic box office on Friday — extending its U.S. record over “Avatar” by $140 million.

The seventh “Star Wars” film is also set to reach $2 billion worldwide on Saturday, becoming only the third film ever to do so. It joins “Avatar” at $2.78 billion and “Titanic” at $2.19 billion.

“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 Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn. “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.”

The space saga set records on its opening weekend with $528.9 million worldwide and $247.9 million domestically. Its other records include:

·       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 and New Zealand

·       Fastest film to $1 billion globally (12 days)

·       Biggest film of all time in the U.S. and the U.K.

The film stars Harrison Ford, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. It’s directed by J.J. Abrams, written by Abrams & Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt, and produced by Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and Bryan Burk.

“Star Wars” spinoff “Rogue One” opens on Dec. 16. “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” which picks up the narrative from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” opens on Dec. 15, 2017.

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  1. Dan says:

    In many ways, Force Awakens is the most important of the Star Wars movies.

    It is the essential baseline Star Wars movie that we have awaited for so long.

    In the future, every Star Wars movie will be compared to.

    Any Star Wars movie that is better will be deemed good; and any movie that is worse will be deemed bad.

    In other words — the first mediocre Star Wars!

    Congrats to JJ Abrams and crew for providing us this all-important barometer1

  2. Kenneth says:

    AVATAR still rules!

  3. RoyS says:

    Actually, Force Awakens is the 8th Star Wars movie. The 7th was the Clone War animated feature. Rogue One is going to be the 9th, and Episode VIII the 10th. :-)

    • Robin says:

      I think your forgetting the two awful wok movies. Although it has pasted the two billion mark, with diminishing box office returns it now looks like it won’t even pass Titanic, let alone Avatar. I guess Cameran will hold onto the most important box office titles after all. If you want to look at adjusted figures, which are actually the only true figures than really mean anything, then Awakens doesn’t even make the top ten.

      • MightyMad says:

        Actually, Robin… you’re completely wrong.

        If you meant ‘All Time DOMESTIC box office Adjusted for Inflation’, then yes – TFA is, as of right now, number 11 on that list.

        But, when it comes to ‘All Time WORLDWIDE box office Adjusted for Inflation’… it’s right now at number 6. All time. With a pretty decent chance to catch up to “Snow White.”

        Look it out. The internet is a pretty amazing place, if you know how to look for information.

  4. LOL says:

    It’s such a crap film, though. It’s made for hopeless middle-aged men still suckling on the metaphorical teat of nostalgia.

  5. Rogue One actually opens Dec 16, 2016. Not next year.

  6. sameer1138 says:

    You’ve got an error there in the last sentence. It’s currently “The eighth “Star Wars” movie, “Rogue One,” opens on Dec. 15, 2017.” But Rogue One comes out in December 2016, while Episode VIII comes out December 2017.

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