Never underestimate the power of The Force.
â€œStar Wars: The Force Awakensâ€ will pass James Cameronâ€™s â€œAvatarâ€ as the biggest blockbuster in the United States. â€œAvatarâ€ 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 â€œAvatarâ€ took 318 days. Many analysts believe the sci-fi film will end up a little more than $900 million in America.
Currently, â€œStar Wars: The Force Awakensâ€ will be in the top twenty movies of all-time adjusted for inflation. That top prize is with â€œGone with the Windâ€ which earned $198 million back in 1939 and adjusted to be $1.739 billion today.
Despite these strong box office numbers, most analysts believe â€œAvatarâ€ worldwide numbers of $2.788 billion is out of reach. In fact, the Star Wars film may even struggle to reach â€œTitanicâ€ number of $2.186.8 billion worldwide. â€œStar Wars: The Force Awakensâ€ currently sits in fourth place worldwide with $1.549.3 billion. It should pass â€œJurassic Worldâ€ 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 doesnâ€™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 Yearâ€™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 Marvelâ€™s The Avengers of $623.4M)
- Fastest to cross $1 billion globally: 12 days (beats Jurassic Worldâ€™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