Will ‘Star Wars’ Top ‘Avatar’s’ Box Office Record?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” could wind up passing “Avatar” as the top worldwide grosser of all time, according to a leading box office analyst.

Disney’s “The Force Awakens” has grossed $610.8 million worldwide as of Monday — about 22% of the $2.78 billion final gross by 2009’s “Avatar.” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak, told Variety on Tuesday that the seventh Star Wars film has the potential to exceed James Cameron’s “Avatar.”

“Given the incredible current box office trajectory and the overwhelmingly positive response to the film, a expected phenomenal second weekend and with China yet to come in January, if any film has a chance to break into the $2 billion club and have the potential to become the highest grossing film of all-time globally, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is that film,” he said.

“The Force Awakens” is currently 102nd on the worldwide grosser list with $288.1 million in domestic grosses in four days and $322.7 million in international take in six days. It has already set an array of records — most notably a $248 million domestic opening weekend and a $529 million global weekend launch, breaking the marks set in June by “Jurassic World” ($208.8 million domestic, $524.9 million worldwide).

It also set a Monday domestic record with $40.1 million, demolishing the “Spider-Man 2” mark of $27.2 million from 2004.

The international take is particularly impressive, given that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will not open in the booming Chinese market until Jan. 9. “Jurassic World” grossed $228 million in China, accounting for about 25% of the total foreign gross of more than $1 billion.

“Jurassic World” is the third-highest worldwide grosser at $1.67 billion, trailing only “Avatar” and “Titanic” at $2.19 billion.

“The Force Awakens” has managed to evoke comparisons among fans to George Lucas’ original trilogy of films with a mere 1% negative reactions on Twitter. J.J. Abrams directed the $200 million production, overseeing “Star Wars” veterans Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher along with newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.

“The Force Awakens” will be aiming to top “Jurassic World” again for another record during the upcoming weekend as it sets sights on eclipsing the $106 million mark set in June by the second weekend of the dino sequel.

Competition will be significantly stronger starting on Christmas Day. Paramount opens family comedy “Daddy’s Home” and expands “The Big Short”; Sony opens Will Smith’s “Concussion”; Warner Bros. launches its “Point Break” remake; Fox debuts Jennifer Lawrence‘s “Joy” — all in wide release. Additionally, The Weintein Company launches Quentin Tarantino‘s “The Hateful Eight” in 100 theaters and Fox opens Leonardo DiCaprio‘s “The Revenant” in four.

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