It’s official. After reaching record-breaking sales, not account for inflation, director J.J. Abrams has achieved a historic milestone as Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens becomes the highest-grossing film of all time in North America.
Early on Wednesday, the Lucasfilm and Disney mega blockbuster soared above the $760.5-million brought in by James Cameron’s Avatar — after grossing $8-million on Tuesday alone, bringing the total gross to $768.5-million in less than three weeks after its cinematic release date.
Avatar, released in December of 2009, brought in $760.5-million during its seven-month run, including another $10-million when it was rereleased in theaters.
The Force Awakens still has a long way to go before it reaches the $2.78-billion in total global revenue brought in by Avatar, but seeing as business is not expecting to come to a halt anytime soon, we can definitely say one thing’s for sure; Star Wars is back and bigger than ever.
As of Tuesday, the worldwide revenue was reported to be at $1.56-billion — not including China, where The Force Awakens is set to hit theaters on January 9th.
Only two single films have ever earned a gross of over $700-million in revenue in the United States, being Avatar and The Force Awakens.
StarWars.com reported through a recent statement on their website, “Star Wars fans have kept a galaxy far, far away alive for close to 40 years. Without them, there is no Star Wars. That’s why we are humbled and grateful to announce that, thanks to fans new and old, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now the highest grossing film of all-time at the domestic box office, surpassing Avatar‘s $760.50 million dollar record in just 20 days.”
They continued with, “We are proud of these records, but know that they would not be possible without fans’ enthusiasm and continued support. We feel it here and it drives us every day, and it will continue to in the very bright future of Star Wars. There has indeed been an awakening — and it’s all thanks to you.”