Thursday, January 07, 2016
Star Wars: The Force Awakens bests Avatar as the biggest domestic movie in history
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has dethroned Avatar as the biggest domestic movie of all time.
Disney announced on Wednesday that the latest Star Wars film has surpassed James Cameron’s blockbuster after just 20 days of release.
It’s important to note that accounting for inflation, The Force Awakens is considerably further down the list of all-time biggest domestic releases, placing 21st. Gone with the Wind still holds that record with an adjusted $1.74 billion, while the original Star Wars is in second place with $1.53 billion. Still, The Force Awakens’ success is a massive accomplishment, especially when you consider that Avatar’s $760.5 million total includes its entire theatrical run.
Internationally, The Force Awakens has pulled in $799.1 million for a global total of $1.56 billion, becoming the fastest movie in history to hit that number. It currently ranks as the fourth-biggest movie of all time, unadjusted for inflation. So far, it’s opened in all international territories except China, where it will debut on Saturday.
Over the course of its theatrical run, The Force Awakens has broken records left and right, setting a new high mark for the biggest domestic debut of all time ($247.9 million). On its first day in theaters (including Thursday previews), it hauled in a total of $119.1 million domestically, becoming the first movie in history to make $100 million in a single day. Not only that, but it also narrowly dethroned Jurassic World to earn the biggest global debut, too, raking in $529 million in its first weekend [via EW].