The Force has awakened all right -- and is roaring into unprecedented territory at the box office.
After just 12 days in release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has made more than $1 billion worldwide. That shatters the previous record of 13 days, set earlier this year by Jurassic World. And as the Hollywood Reporter notes, Star Wars has done it without earning any money from the world's second-largest (and soon to be largest) film market in the world, China, where the movie doesn't open until Jan. 9.
While the Star Wars franchise overall has not been a phenomenon in China the way it is here and in other countries, the movie is still expected to perform well there when it opens, which will only bolster the movie's chances of reaching and surpassing the $2.7 billion grossed worldwide by the current all-time box-office champ, Avatar.
Even if Star Wars doesn't break Avatar's worldwide record, it should easily surpass the latter movie's North American tally of $760 million. The Force Awakens has already raked in $545 million in North America in just two weeks, crushing two more box-office records along the way.
The first of those two also belonged to Jurassic World, which briefly held the record for highest-grossing second weekend of all time with $106 million. Star Wars brought in $153 million in its second weekend, which also set a new benchmark for the biggest Christmas weekend of all time.
The massive haul from J.J. Abrams' film also pushed the overall Christmas weekend box office past $300 million -- the first time that has ever happened and only the second time in history that box office crossed $300 million in one weekend. The previous time was The Force Awakens' opening weekend, when it made $247 million (setting a new record with that figure as well and beating the old one set by -- you guessed it -- Jurassic World).
There's no telling how high Star Wars: The Force Awakens can soar at this point. Some industry observers think it could make more than $1 billion in North America alone, and if it does pass Avatar's worldwide mark, could it reach $3 billion or beyond globally? As a wise Jedi Master once said, always in motion is the future ... and Star Wars: The Force Awakens is speeding into it at record-smashing speed.
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