December 28, 2015


'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Made $1 Billion Faster Than Any Movie Ever

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Todd Williamson/Getty Images

After rustling up the biggest debut weekend of all time with its $238 million opener, Star Wars: The Force Awakens kept crushing records over Christmas weekend. The film, the first in the series since 2005's Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, has gone on to pass the $1 billion mark faster than any movie in history. It only took 12 days, edging in just past Jurassic World's 13-day record from June 2015.

Sitting at precisely $1.09 billion, Episode VII has also earned the biggest second domestic weekend of all time ($153.5 million)—passing, again, Jurassic World—and the slot for 15th highest-grossing movie of all time globally. (No. 1 and No. 2, Avatar and Titanic, sit far above all others with $2.79 billion and $2.19 billion respectively.) The Force Awakens also had the biggest Christmas Day performance of all time with $49.3 million, doubling Sherlock Holmes' 2009 record.

It's worth noting that the film's intake is almost evenly split between the U.S. box office ($544.6 million) and the rest of the world's ($546 million). Box Office Mojo wrote on Sunday:

"Avatar's domestic box office record of $760.5 million is very much in sight as Force Awakens is currently only $215.9 million shy of that number and has only been in domestic theaters for ten days. The question right now doesn't necessarily seem to be a matter of 'if,' but 'when' followed by 'how much?'"

The Force Awakens doesn't open in China till Jan. 9. That market's traditionally an enormous one for American blockbusters, but Star Wars is a major blind spot for the country. Earlier this year, Jurassic World made $238 million in China.