Star Wars: The Force Awakens Breaks the Domestic Box Office Record
By Kim Hollis
January 7, 2016
With Wednesday's reported box office of $6.2 million, Star Wars: The Force Awakens became the highest grossing film in the history of the North American box office. It accomplished this feat in just 20 days, obviously a record. A juggernaut from the moment theaters opened to the public, there was simply no stopping Star Wars.
With a current total sitting at $764.4 million, The Force Awakens has now vanquished the previous record holder, Avatar. That means that James Cameron's films sit in the number two and number three positions. For the first time since 1998, Cameron is not king of the domestic box office world. Avatar's $760.5 million and Titanic's $652.7 million are examples of entirely different box office behavior, where old-fashioned legs to them to the top after a sustained effort.
For Star Wars, the film is holding its audience well considering the scope of the numbers involved, but it will surely flame out faster than those two films did. It's looking to become the first film ever to make a billion dollars domestically, and that's a story we'll continue to track in the coming weeks.
Now, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has yet one more record in its sights. The current worldwide box office champ is once again Avatar, which has a remarkable $2.79 billion in receipts. The Force Awakens is sitting in the #4 spot for the moment, with Jurassic World and Titanic being the other two films ahead of it. It's just inches behind Jurassic World, but needs another $1.2 billion or so to catch Avatar for the grand crown. With a debut in China this week, we'll see just how much people the world over will support Star Wars as it pushes to become the biggest ever - everywhere.