Today, with early box office results in, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” became the highest grossing film of all time in the domestic market, surpassing the $760.5M lifetime gross of “Avatar” in a record-shattering 20 days of release. In addition, the film crossed the $800M mark at the international box office today.
People clearly love this film, not only because it’s a fun popcorn flick, but because of the nostalgia associated with the “Star Wars” franchise. I think, especially in these difficult times around the world, people are yearning for something to take them away from it all. Sitting in a theater – especially an IMAX theater – where you can reunite with old friends and make new ones on the big screen is priceless.
Through Jan. 5, the film had grossed $758.2M domestically and $799.1M for a global total of $1,557.3M since its Dec. 16 global debut.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” debuted in the US and Canada on Dec. 18, its first two weeks pushing the domestic annual industry box office to an all-time high of $11B. Yes, that’s a B for Billion.
Here are some of the individual records the film has set:
- Fastest film to reach $100M (21 hours), $200M (3 days), $300M (5 days), $400M (8 days), $500M (10 days), $600M (12 days), and $700M (16 days)
- Biggest all-time debut and biggest December debut ($247.966M), propelling the industry to the biggest overall moviegoing weekend of all time ($313.3M for all films, Dec. 18-20)
- Biggest second weekend of all time ($149.2M), propelling the industry to the biggest overall Christmas weekend of all time ($296.4M for all films, Dec. 25-27)
- Biggest third weekend of all time ($90.2M)
- Biggest Thursday preview gross ($57M)
- Biggest Friday, opening, and single day ($119.1M)
- Biggest Sunday ($60.55M), Monday ($40.1M), and Tuesday ($37.3M)
- Biggest Christmas Day ($49.3M) and New Year’s Day ($34.39M)
- Highest per-theater average for a wide debut ($59,982)
- Biggest opening week ($390.85M)
- Biggest IMAX debut ($30.1M)
Globally, the film posted the highest global opening weekend of all time ($528.967M) and surpassed $1B in a record 12 days. It also had the biggest global IMAX debut ($48M) and surpassed $152M in IMAX in a record 19 days. It was the highest international debut in December history with $281M, and it remains #1 in many territories after posting the biggest opening weekend in at least 18 major markets.
Named one of AFI’s top 10 films of 2015, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” now heads into its fourth weekend of global release ahead of a debut in its final international market, China, on Jan. 9.