Update: The Force Awakens just doesn’t know when to stop breaking records. Variety has reported that not only has the film crossed the $800 million US box office threshold but it also had a huge opening in China, netting $53 million in its opening weekend. This means that the film has the highest opening weekend in that country and has moved up to the third spot on the all-time worldwide box office list with $1.73 billion earned in total internationally so far.
The Force Awakens has more than a billion dollars to go before it can eclipse Avatar‘s worldwide record and take the #1 spot for international earnings.
According to Disney’s projections, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will surpass Avatar‘s box office record of $750.5 million before the day is over. The film has been out for a mere 18 days, skyrocketing past records held by the likes of Titanic and Jurassic World.
As CNN Money points out, the movie hasn’t even opened in China yet, one of the biggest movie markets in the world. The film opens there this weekend and if it does well, it could take the record for highest-grossing film worldwide away from Avatar, as well. As of right now, The Force Awakens has made $1.55 billion worldwide and is #4 on the all-time worldwide list.
Except for Avatar, The Force Awakens leads the other top box office record holders by a rather sizable amount, with Titanic earning $658.6 million and Jurassic World earning $635.9 million during their respective runs.
Beyond earning an impressive amount of cash in an even more impressive amount of time, this is a big victory for Disney, with the box office earning for The Force Awakens generating nearly four times the movie’s reported budget of $200 million, so far. If the company can keep up the momentum of the franchise with spin-off films, television shows, and merchandise, they’ll more than make back the four billion dollars they spent buying the rights to the franchise.
[Source: CNN Money]