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‘Star Wars’ Lifts Disney to $2 Billion at 2015 U.S. Box Office

Thanks to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Disney’s total domestic gross for 2015 has passed the $2 billion milestone for the first time.

Disney’s previous domestic record for a year was $1.719 billion in 2013, led by “Iron Man 3” and “Frozen.”

“The Force Awakens” set a Christmas Day record in the U.S. with $49.3 million, lifting its domestic total to $440.4 million after eight days. On Saturday, the seventh Star Wars movie will eclipse Disney’s previous top 2015 grosser, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at $459 million.

“Inside Out” has been the second-highest Disney domestic performer this year with $356 million, followed by “Cinderella” at $201 million.

Disney will finish 2015 in second place in domestic market share behind Universal, which has already hit $2.4 billion, thanks to “Jurassic World” at $652.7 million, “Furious 7” at $353 million and “Minions” at $336 million.

“The Force Awakens” took in $27.5 million internationally on Christmas Day with Disney noting that the holiday tends to be relatively light in foreign markets. Theaters in the U.K. were closed.

The international total for “The Force Awakens” has hit $449.9 million for a worldwide total of $890.3 million. The top markets are the U.K. at $83 million, Germany at $44.6 million, France at $38.8 million and Australia at $29.7 million.

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