Its Official: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is America’s Highest-Grossing Box Office Movie of All-Time
Never underestimate the power of The Force.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will pass James Cameron’s “Avatar” as the biggest blockbuster in the United States. “Avatar” held the domestic record for the past six years with $760.5 million.
The Star Wars juggernaut took the top spot in merely 20 days after its premiere, in which “Avatar” took 318 days. Many analysts believe the sci-fi film will end up a little more than $900 million in America.
Currently, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be in the top twenty movies of all-time adjusted for inflation. That top prize is with “Gone with the Wind” which earned $198 million back in 1939 and adjusted to be $1.739 billion today.
Despite these strong box office numbers, most analysts believe “Avatar” worldwide numbers of $2.788 billion is out of reach. In fact, the Star Wars film may even struggle to reach “Titanic” number of $2.186.8 billion worldwide. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” currently sits in fourth place worldwide with $1.549.3 billion. It should pass “Jurassic World” this weekend with $1.669 billion worldwide.
Star Wars is earning significantly in English-speaking countries with United States, Australia and United Kingdom. But, in Asian countries, it is performing at sub-par levels in South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam.
The film still has a good chance to earn more money this weekend since it doesn’t have its wide release in the China and many other smaller markets. Analysts expected an overall take for China around $230 million.
Here are the following records TFA (partial list) had broken:
- Biggest preview night: $57 million
- Biggest opening day at domestic box office: $119.1 million
- Biggest opening weekend at the domestic box office: $247.97 million
- Highest per-theater average for wide debut: $59,982
- Biggest IMAX domestic opening: $30.1 million
- Biggest IMAX global opening: $48 million
- Biggest opening week at domestic box office: $390.85 million
- Biggest domestic Sunday: $60.55 million
- Biggest domestic Monday: $40.1 million
- Biggest domestic Tuesday: $37.3 million
- Biggest Christmas Day: $49.3 million
- Biggest New Year’s Day: $34.39 million
- Biggest second domestic weekend box office: $149.2 million
- Biggest third domestic weekend box office: $90.2 million
- Highest-grossing Disney film domestically: Still counting (beat Marvel’s The Avengers of $623.4M)
- Fastest to cross $1 billion globally: 12 days (beats Jurassic World’s 13 days)
- Fastest to $100 million domestic box office: 21 hours (December 18)
- Fastest to $200 million domestic box office: 3 days (December 20)
- Fastest to $300 million domestic box office: 5 days (December 22)
- Fastest to $400 million domestic box office: 8 days (December 25)
- Fastest to $500 million domestic box office: 10 days (December 27)
- Fastest to $600 million domestic box office: 12 days (December 19)
- Fastest to $700 million domestic box office: 16 days (January 2)
Source: Box Office Mojo