The Force Awakens Breaks Avatar’s Box Office RecordJanuary 8th, 2016
The Force is strong with the latest installment of Star Wars. The Force Awakens just became the #1 all-time in domestic box office, beating Avatar’s $760.5 million run. J.J. Abrams’ film has smashed the record from 2009, in a total of just 20 days in North American theaters. Most impressive. The film also passed $800 million in international box office today as well. Now keep in mind that it took Avatar 336 days to reach that record, and The Force Awakens has done it in the first three weekends of its release. If you like these kinds of stats, you’ll also be happy to know that The Force Awakens already holds over thirty box office records.
Screw you, prequels. You never made this kind of money. (Nor did you score 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.) Those box office numbers are only going up from here. The Force Awakens will have one more weekend with 100% coverage in IMAX theaters, so it is far from finished, especially with viewers going back to see it two or three times each. Honestly, I don’t think anything is going touch this record for years. Maybe the next Star Wars movie. Maybe.
The Force Awakens has a worldwide gross total of over $1.56 billion right now. Avatar still holds the worldwide gross record at $2.788 billion, but that was released in China, and Episode VII has yet to be released there. Regardless, I’m thinking it will surpass Avatar’s global record with no problems.