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When Star Wars: The Force Awakens took home $247 million during its opening weekend, the prognosticators at Hollywood studios predicted that it was in for a record breaking haul. The film then proceeded to become the fastest to cross the $500, $600 & $700 million barriers, closing out its 2015 haul as the second highest grossing film of the year, only behind Jurassic World $652 million total.

Then the New Year came and The Force Awakens not only earned $90 million to start the year, it started breathing down Avatar‘s neck for the top spot in the history of the domestic box office. A figure it’s going to eclipse today at some point. By pocketing $8 million on Tuesday, The Force Awakens sat only $2 million behind Avatar‘s $760.5 million total when it finally left theaters in August 2010 — a full nine months from its original release.

Globally, The Force Awakens has pocketed $1.5 billion since its December 18th release, good for fourth place all-time. The film opens in China this weekend, the world’s second biggest film market. Depending on how the Chinese take the latest installment of George Lucas’ space opera, it could topple Avatar‘s mammoth $2.8 billion global take when it’s all said and done.

Fans and critics alike have praised The Force Awakens for digging into nostalgia and recreating the fun and magic of Lucas’ first three movies from 1977 to 1983. Disney purchased the property of Star Wars from Lucas for $4 billion in 2012 along with the rights to Indiana Jones as well. The J.J. Abrams directed film is the first in a new line of trilogies with the second film slated to be released in 2017.

[Variety]

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