‘Star Wars’ Speeds Past ‘Avengers,’ ‘Furious 7’ at Worldwide Box Office

Star Wars The Force Awakens
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is now the fourth highest-grossing film at the worldwide box office, speeding past “Furious 7” and “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

The seventh “Star Wars” movie has hauled $1.54 billion worldwide, topping “Furious 7” at $1.515 billion and “Marvel’s The Avengers” at $1.52 billion.

The space saga took in $8 million domestically and $14.5 million internationally on Monday. It was the lowest U.S. daily gross for Disney’s blockbuster since it opened on Dec. 18.

The domestic total for “The Force Awakens” has hit $750.2 million, trailing “Avatar” by $10.3 million for the tile of biggest film of all time. Should the movie perform similarly in coming days, the record would fall on Wednesday.

“The Force Awakens” has earned $786.1 million at international markets in the 20 days since its Dec. 16 launch. That total should see a major boost on Saturday, when it opens in China.

Box office analysts have forecasted that “The Force Awakens” could overtake the final three films on the list — “Avatar” at $2.89 billion, “Titanic” at $2.19 billion and “Jurassic World” at $1.67 billion.

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  1. Much Buchannon says:

    Star Wars 7 was like a bad $cientology indoctrination video! Where is Larry Anderson when you need him? He should have been Commander Force of the Superforce Power-Team. Avatar does suck, blue meanies, bad dialogue, and a bad story! Daisy Rey Ridley is fun to look at. Nice girl next door look! When will that HOT AT&T get a movie role and quit those lousy commercial…

  2. Rich says:

    Who cares about the rest of the world? The U.S. is till the top movie market in the world by a landslide and it will overtake the top grossing U.S. film of all time in the next couple of days, ultimately landing north of that number probably by another $150 million or so.

    • Sândalo Jhony Gomes says:

      “Who cares about the rest of the world?” Typical American stereotype… That’s sad.

    • slugerama says:

      Who cares? I think Disney cares a great deal about rest of the world. Quite often rest of the world will outperform the domestic US market. How do you think Avatar got to be where it is right now?

    • Walt says:

      Well the American market is the low end of appreciation. I think generally they apoericiate slapstick. Not that smart really. The rest of the world have an appreciation of intelligent movies. That’s why dumb movies like Star Wars do so well there.

      • Rich says:

        “The rest of the world have an appreciation of intelligent movies?” That’s pretty weak logic, especially considering that decidedly dumb/low-brow fare such as “Furious 7” (is that an “intelligent” film by your standards?) grossed over 1.5 billion worldwide, of which 76.7% was spent overseas.

      • Gary Brant says:

        I think you just proved your point Walt. Rex obviously doesn’t understand.

      • Rex says:

        Hey Walt, could you please rewrite that so it actually makes sense? The “rest of the world” — and especially China — have proven over the past few decades that they are completely enthralled by Hollywood’s “dumb” movies, which really aren’t as dumb as you’d like to think, they’re just precision engineered to appeal to the widest possible audience, the sparkler the better. THAT’S why they can play ANYWHERE with zero translation of anything besides dialogue. They’re UNIVERSAL. That’s why Star Wars is already destined to be one of the highest grossing GLOBAL BLOCKBUSTERS EVER. And guess what, something else will come along in a year or two and topple that record. If you’d prefer to sit in empty art house theatre’s feeling superior to those who ALSO see blockbuster films, have at it, dummy. Those movies are often quite good too. But they’ll never take in the coin like Star Wars or Jurassic World or Furious Whatever or the Marvel shows.

  3. JJ says:

    I know it has not opened in China but it is not looking super good there either. There is not much fan base there
    I think US$200M-300M, that is it.

    Look at the Asian countries, it has not been a big draw in Japan, South Korea or Hong Kong. This movie
    is really huge only in the US and UK, even in the rest of Europe it is not going to beat Avatar.

  4. JJ says:

    It is underperforming overseas especially in Asia.
    Worldwide it has 0 chance beating Avatar, 50% chance topping Titanic.

    • Gary Cooper says:

      I broadly agree. I forecast 1.95 to 2.1 billion tops. Still no bad. Will prob beat titanic over the longer term…

    • chrisrothgeb says:

      It’s underperforming in Asia because it hasn’t yet been released in Asia’s largest market, China. That will happen on January 9th and I think we’ll see another huge surge in the global box office.

      • Rex says:

        Most of China has already seen it! It’s been bootlegged beyond belief. You can even buy ripped DVDs (presumably shot in theatres elsewhere) all over the place. If there’s one reason it doesn’t rake in record profits in China it’s because Disney decided to hold off releasing it there simultaneously. While I thought that was great — making the mainlanders wait a few weeks, probably in part because of their ridiculous government’s meddling — it could have a SLIGHTLY debilitating effect on the box office since they gave such a long window of opportunity to the pirates.

      • Stuart says:

        It won’t be enough though. The fall off as predicted is starting to happen. It is following the standard box office trajectory, not the Avatar slow boil box office pattern.

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