The space opera has now opened in every major international territory, save for China where it bows on Jan. 9. Globally, the picture became the fastest film to eclipse $1 billion, reaching that milestone in 12 days.
After two weeks of release, the film is already the fifth highest-grossing movie of 2015 and the fifteenth highest-grossing film of all time. Disney produced “The Force Awakens” for $200 million after investing $4 billion in 2012 to buy Lucasfilm, the company behind “Star Wars.”
But it wasn’t just about Jedi knights and Sith lords. With Hollywood films shut out of China during one of the country’s periodic blackout periods, a trio of local language productions, “Mojin: The Lost Legend,” “Mr. Six,” and “Devil and Angel,” nabbed three of the top five spots on foreign charts. “Devil and Angel,” a comedy, and “Mr. Six,” a crime drama, debuted to $55 million and $27 million respectively. “Mojin,” a fantasy adventure that bowed last weekend, added $44 million to its $183.6 million haul.
Fox’s “The Peanuts Movie” rounded out the top five, picking up $25 million after opening in several major markets such as Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Venezuela. The animated film has earned $172.6 million worldwide. It will unfold in 14 additional markets over the next two weeks.