‘Star Wars’ Soars Past ‘Harry Potter’ With $1.4 Billion at Global Box Office

Star Wars The Force Awakens
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Showing no signs of a slowdown, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has eclipsed the final Harry Potter movie for the seventh spot in worldwide box office with $1.39 billion.

The seventh Star Wars movie took in $59.5 million on Friday — its 17th day of release — with $34.5 million in the U.S. and another $25 million internationally.

Disney’s space saga will pass another of its tentpoles by the end of Saturday when “The Force Awakens” tops Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at $1.405 billion. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” grossed $1.34 billion in 2011.

Domestic grosses have hit $686.4 million in 15 days with another $60 million projected for the rest of this weekend. That leaves “The Force Awakens” on track to top the all-time mark set six years ago by “Avatar” at $760 million early next week.

International grosses have gone past $700 million. At its current pace, the movie — starring Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega — will soon be moving past the fourth- and fifth-highest entries on the worldwide list, occupied by Disney-Marvel’s “The Avengers” with $1.52 billion and Universal’s “Furious 7” at $1.515 billion.

“The Force Awakens” will then take another week to get to the third spot on the list, currently occupied by Universal’s “Jurassic World” at $1.67 billion. At that point, the movie is certain to receive a significant boost after it opens in China on Jan. 9.

Currently, the top foreign markets for “The Force Awakens” are the U.K. with $133.5 million, Germany with $73.9 million, France with $61.4 million and Australia at $47.1 million.

The booming Chinese market has the capability of becoming the No. 1 international territory. Box office analysts have already said that “The Force Awakens” may be able to reach the top two films on the worldwide chart: “Avatar” at $2.78 billion and “Titanic” at $2.19 billion.

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  1. Sal U. Lloyd says:

    It’s the dumbing down of the globe.

  2. Brian says:

    It’s interesting to look at the week on week prrcentage drop of Star Wars 7 compared to Avatar. Avatar has the most unusual figures I’ve ever seen for any movie. It didn’t open massive, big, but not massive. Then it hardly dropped at all, some weeks it actually went up. Star Wars opened massive & has gone well, but it’s percentage drop is what you would expect to see over the holidays. Last Sunday to this Sunday saw it drop 55% (estimated). By next weekend it will probably be making less than Avatar did at that time in its release. I’m not making it up, just look at the figures on box office mojo. With the holidays coming to an end, I think (as a lot of a analysts are now saying) it won’t be able to catch Avatar’s worldwide gross. I imagine it will overtake Titanic (with China) but will probably stop there.

    • Sal U. Lloyd says:

      Pretty sound projections.

    • It will be fun to see just how high TFA rises up in the record books. Based on “box office mojo,” foreign numbers weren’t updated (the bigger numbers got updated on 1/1) yet. So there could be some more upside there.

      What’s more interesting: based on “inflation adjusted sales,” TFA sits way down at 21st place within the “inflation adjusted sales” category, domestically.

      It could be that people are waiting to watch it at home…

      I tended to think that TFA was too violent and distracted. So– while it was surely good entertainment, I won’t buy the DVD, I won’t be that excited to see the next one, etc…

      Other movies, like Maleficent, were (IMO) MUCH better.

  3. Rex says:

    China would be an even BIGGER market if the movie hadn’t already been pirated there beyond belief. It’s almost like Disney WANTED the film to get ripped off by withholding it those extra weeks, perhaps because it’s the only way they could see to build substantial “buzz” and a near-spontaneous new fan base in a country that only knows how to steal and copy, and which doesn’t have the historical connection to this series that we have here in the west, where we were FREE to watch these films from opening day in 1977, unlike the Chinese.

    • nav says:

      only a limited amount of foreign films are allowed in china and since the quota was finished, disney couldn’t release in 2015 , they had no choice otherwise they would have released on 18th dec, do u have any evidence that it’s been pirated there already

  4. Jim says:

    Funny not ture but funny

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