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‘Star Wars’ Closing in on ‘Harry Potter’ in International Box Office

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is poised to pass “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” for the fifth spot on the list of top international box office grossers.

Disney’s space saga took in $11.5 million on Tuesday in foreign markets to lift its international total to $946.9 million — or $13.6 million behind the final Harry Potter movie. It edged past “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on Tuesday for the sixth position and should pass “Jurassic World” for the fourth spot at $1.02 billion by the end of the week.

“Furious 7” is third on the all-time international grosses list at $1.16 billion, topped by “Avatar” at $2.03 billion and “Titanic” at $1.53 billion.

“The Force Awakens” debuted in China on Saturday with a record $53 million and has added $12.4 million since then, making it the fifth-largest international territory in four days. The U.K. is the top foreign market with $162.5 million, followed by Germany with $95.5 million, France with $77.1 million and Japan with $69.4 million.

Disney has marketed “The Force Awakens” aggressively in China. Robots BB-8 and R2-D2, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy were all on hand at a Dec. 27 premiere in Shanghai.

The blockbuster took in $3.8 million on Monday in the U.S. to lift its 26-day total to $819.7 million. “The Force Awakens” has grossed $1.77 billion worldwide and trails only “Avatar” at $2.78 billion and “Titanic” at $2.19 billion.

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