'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' sets a new record
Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to blow past box-office records like the Millennium Falcon on a Kessel Run.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
continues to blow past box-office records like the Millennium Falcon on a Kessel Run.
The latest mark to fall: The seventh main Star Wars film has just crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide gross faster than any other movie in history.
The Force Awakens grossed $153.5 million domestically over the holiday weekend - the largest Christmas holiday tally ever, and the biggest second-weekend take ever, according to studio estimates Sunday. (Final numbers are due Monday.) The film dipped only 38 percent in its second weekend.
In North American theaters, The Force Awakens set another record as part of its light-speed clip: a Christmas Day take of $49.3 million.
Roughly half the new film's global take has come from domestic box office, a whopping $544.6 million. Combine that with a $546 million take overseas, and The Force Awakens has already grossed $1.09 billion worldwide.
And boosted by Star Wars, Disney has just surpassed $2 billion for the year in total domestic gross - the first time the company has ever done so.
Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4 billion. The Force Awakens toys alone, according to some estimates, could reap $3 billion.
Fun with numbers:
Domestically, The Force Awakens is already the second-biggest film of the year, trailing only Jurassic World ($652 million).
Disney has three of the year's top-four releases in domestic gross. Besides Star Wars, the Mouse House released Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron ($459 million) and Pixar's Inside Out ($356.5 million).
Domestically, after just 10 days, The Force Awakens is already the fifth-biggest film ever (not adjusted for inflation) as it looks to topple the champion, Avatar ($760.5 million). Worldwide, The Force Awakens is already the 15th-biggest film ever.