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The Force Awakens Is Now the Second-highest Domestic Movie of All-time

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Saturday, January 2, 2016

With another $34 million dollars added to its North American take, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has now passed Titanic to become the second-largest domestic movie of all-time. It's also eclipsed Jurassic World as 2015's biggest movie.

The Force Awakens' 15 day total now stands at $686,425,583, putting it within striking distance of the champ, 2009's Avatar, which stands with a total domestic take of $760.5 million dollars. If the new Star Wars movie earns around $30 million today and tomorrow, the picture's accumulated box office will have it sitting at around just $15 million dollars short from Avatar's total.

In other words, it's a certainty that Avatar's reign as the box office champion will topple early next week.

Box office is not a sign of a movie's quality, but it does carry significant weight. Certainly, when The Force Awakens dethrones Avatar from its' seat of power it will be seen as a mark of accomplishment for Walt Disney Pictures and their $4 billion dollar purchase of the Star Wars property from its creator, George Lucas.

How much will The Force Awakens ultimately take in? $800 million seems likely, once the picture's play through the upcoming winter months is all said and done. However, when it comes to international box office records, The Force Awakens still has a lot of distance to travel if it is to pass Avatar. According to stat site Box Office Mojo, Avatar's international box office receipts were $2.78 billion dollars (in 2009 dollars, no less) while The Force Awakens presently stands with $1.39 billion. The seventh Star Wars film is yet to debut in China, which is now a sizeable market for movies.

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