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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Passes ‘The Avengers’ at Domestic Box Office

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has passed “Marvel’s The Avengers” as the highest-grossing film in the history of Walt Disney Studios on a domestic basis.

The seventh film in the hugely popular science-fiction franchise has made $629 million domestically, surpassing the $623.4 million total gross of the superhero adventure. On Wednesday, “The Force Awakens” earned $28.1 million stateside and $36.7 million internationally.

Its $1.29 billion worldwide haul has moved past “Frozen” on the list of all-time highest-grossing films. “The Force Awakens” is on track to exceed $2 billion globally and could challenge “Avatar” as the biggest box office earner in history.

The “Star Wars” sequel wasn’t the only film getting a jump on New Year’s. The Weinstein Company moved up the wide release debut of “The Hateful Eight” by two days, and will push it from 100 theaters to 2,474 by Friday. The revisionist western earned $3.5 million on Wednesday for a fourth place finish, and should reel in roughly $20 million over its first five days in theaters. It has generated $10.2 million since opening in limited release over Christmas.

“Daddy’s Home” snagged second place on Wednesday, picking up $6.7 million to push the Mark Wahlberg-Will Ferrell comedy to $58.8 million domestically. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” came in third with $4.2 million, while “Sisters” rounded out the top five with $3.2 million. The “Chipmunks” sequel has grossed $52.4 million, while “Sisters” has generated $46.8 million.

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