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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets sights on Avatar's record as highest-grossing film ever

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Brent Lang

Having vanquished "Titanic" and "Jurassic World," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has set its sights on "Avatar."

The space opera sequel is moving up the all-time domestic box office charts at a record clip and now is poised to overtake those pointy eared blue aliens as the top grossing film in history. "Avatar" earned $760.5m during its stateside run and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has generated $740.4m domestically after picking up $88.3m over New Year's weekend. It should take the crown from "Avatar" early next week.

Globally, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" ranks as the sixth highest-grossing film in history, having earned $1.5bn worldwide. It should pass "Furious 7" and "Marvel's The Avengers" to become the fourth biggest film in history in the coming days.

The film will get a big shot in the arm next week when it premieres in China, the world's second biggest market for film. Depending on how enthusiastically it is received in the People's Republic, "The Force Awakens" could shoot past "Avatar's" record $2.8bn global haul.

Even as "The Force Awakens" commanded the bulk of box office revenues a few films managed to profit from the holiday season. Paramount's "Daddy's Home," a comedy about a nerdy stepfather (Will Ferrell) who finds himself outshone by his wife's first husband (Mark Wahlberg), picked up $29m in its second weekend, driving the film's domestic total to $93.7m.


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