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

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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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  1. baldrick85 says:

    I think the issue on why it won’t surpass Avatar (and I called this before it even came out) is due mostly to the fact the film is a as TM said, an ‘unimaginative rehash’. You’d think they could have given us something new and not simply just an updated version of A New Hope.

    The struggle they are seeing in China could be attributed to when they chose to release the film in other markets. Due to regulations that do not allow the release of international films in China during a portion of December I think that is a huge factor in why they are going to fall short of their expectations for that region.

    I am still not sure why Avatar was as huge as it was. It’s story wasn’t really that imaginative either as it was proven to be nothing more than Pocahontas in space. Visually it was stunning, but it’s still mind-boggling at just how fanatical people were overseas for it.

    • cadavra says:

      AVATAR replicates almost beat-for-beat DANCES WITH WOLVES, which itself was a total rip-off of Sam Fuller’s RUN OF THE ARROW. Even the title wasn’t original–taken from a TV cartoon show. But unlike the Cameron snooze, FORCE AWAKENS was at least entertaining.

      • Peter says:

        Uhhh…the title wasn’t taken from a TV show, it was taken from the word that describes the Avatars that the humans used.

  2. JJ says:

    Some fans are rooting for it, while I myself knew it won’t top Avatar worldwide given its 1:1 domestic: overseas gross ratio very early on. Now that TFA is projected to total no more than 150m in China, I see it will fall short of Titanic as well. Its overseas gross may not even top Fast & Furious 7 (not sure why FF7 was such a hit overseas though)

    • hj says:

      Ff7 bcame as huge as it is thanks to china…390million in china made it big…if it played normal in china its total gross would have been 1.2-1.3 billion. N d fact that it was paul walkers last movie i guess

  3. TM says:

    What’s the fascination with that race. We all know it is a HUGE hit. And a rather competent but unimaginative rehash.

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