We knew it was only a matter of time, but now it’s official. January 6, 2016, is the day that Star Wars: The Force Awakens, rocketed past Avatar’s $760 million to become the biggest domestic release of all time. Boo-Ya! (to quote Avatar’s Colonel Miles). Here’s a roundup of reports:
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” became the top-grossing movie in U.S. box office history Wednesday, and it did so in record time.
North American moviegoers have shelled out more than $760 million, including $8 million on Tuesday, to see the seventh film in the beloved sci-fi franchise launched in 1977 by George Lucas since it opened on Dec. 18. Early shows and advance ticket sales pushed Disney’s J.J. Abrams-directed space epic past the record set by “Avatar” in 2009 on Wednesday.
“The truly impressive part of the box office performance of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is the speed at which it is crossing these box office milestones,” Paul Dergarabedian, Rentrak senior media analyst, told TheWrap. It has taken “The Force Awakens” just 20 days, far less than the two months-plus it took James Cameron‘s 3D sci-fi blockbuster to get there.
— The Con Guy (@TheConGuyDotCom) January 6, 2016
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has made more than $761 million at the domestic box office, not only besting Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time, but doing so at an astonishing pace. It took Avatar 34 weeks in theaters, plus a “special edition” re-release, to make the old record of $760.5 million; The Force Awakens did it in just 20 days, and some forecasters now expect it to cross the billion mark at home before all is said and done.
It’s official: J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the No. 1 grossing film of all time in North America, not accounting for inflation.
On Wednesday, the Disney and Lucasfilm mega-blockbuster is overtaking the $760.5 million earned by James Cameron’s Avatar. Force Awakens — which grossed $8 million on Tuesday for a domestic total of $758.2 million — achieved the milestone in only 20 days in release, a remarkable feat.
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