Star Wars: The Force Awakens looks increasingly likely to become the only film to break $1B in the U.S. alone, as well as being on course to make $2B globally. Scroll down for all the details.
It’s been 50 days since the release of the hugely anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens and we can confirm that it primed to break the $900 million mark at the U.S. box office. That’s a lot of money sure and a mighty fine achievement, but what makes it even more impressive is that it’s the only film in history to do so. Not only that, Saturday marks the 53rd day of the movie’s global release, and it is expected to reach the $2 billion mark worldwide. If it does, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be the third film ever to do so and only the second to do it in its first release. The Chairman of Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn issued a statement regarding the film’s mega success.
“This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made Star Wars: The Force Awakens such an extraordinary success. The film’s achievements are truly astounding, and it’s our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the Star Wars legacy alive for many years to come.”
According to box office figures, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has earned an staggering $899.1 million domestically and $1,095.6 million internationally from release up until February 4. The movie opened internationally on December 16 before being released in the U.S. on December 18, posting the all-time largest global and domestic debuts with $528.9 million and $247.9 million respectively – easy reading if you’re the Head of Accounts over at Disney!
In the eight weeks since, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has set a host of records, including biggest domestic preview gross ($57 million) biggest opening day domestically ($119.1 million), biggest domestic second weekend ($149.2 million), biggest domestic third weekend ($90.2 million) and biggest opening week domestically ($390.8 million). It also boasts the biggest opening weekend in 18 territories: U.K. (4-day), Australia, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Poland (3-day), Denmark (5-day), Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, Iceland, Serbia, New Zealand, as well as being the fastest film to $1B globally (12 days) and the biggest film ever in the U.S. and the U.K.
It now stands behind James Cameron’s Titanic ($2.1 billion) and Avatar ($2.7 billion) at the global box office, and it looks increasingly likely that it’ll topple at least one of them. While we don’t know how long Star Wars: The Force Awakens will remain in cinemas, there’s a strong possibility it will become the only movie to make $1 billion in the U.S.
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Source: Movie Web