January 4, 2016


'Star Wars' Will Take All-Time U.S. Box Office Spot From 'Avatar'

Hu Chengwei/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios
Hu Chengwei/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already earned the biggest domestic opening weekend of all time ($238 million) and become the fastest film to hit $1 billion globally. Now comes the hard part: passing Avatar and Titanic, history's two biggest movies by a landslide. James Cameron's 2009 3D-fest racked up $2.8 billion worldwide; Titanic, also his film, pulled $2.2 billion in 1997 and '98. No other movie has ever earned $2 billion; the all-time third place flick, last summer's Jurassic World, made $1.7 billion.

In its third weekend in theaters, The Force Awakens did pass Titanic's domestic record to become the second-biggest movie in American history. There's now no chance Avatar will hold its place as the No. 1 U.S. release; it stands at $760.5 million while Star Wars is at $740.3 million. "It's the fastest film to cross $700 million domestically, doing in 16 days what took Avatar 72," Box Office Mojo reports, adding that The Force Awakens has broken more than 40 records to date.

Right now the seventh Star Wars flick is at No. 6 on the all-time charts with $1.51 billion, just above Avengers: Age of Ultron's $1.4 billion and behind Furious 7's $1.515 billi.