“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” continues its history making run at the box office

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Over the holiday weekend, audiences once again set off in record numbers for a galaxy far far away as Star Wars: The Force Awakens continued to dominate at the box office. It’s going to be the same sort of thing in the weeks to come, but Christmas was certainly a wonderful period for Episode VII (far more so than the Star Wars Holiday Special was), easily taking the top slot, financially. The numbers are going to be huge, obviously, with the all time top spots definitely within reach. History could be made early on in 2016 folks, on top of what’s already happened this year.

For its second weekend in release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens made almost another $150 million at the domestic box office, taking in $149,202,860 as of Monday afternoon. That gives it a gross just domestically of $540,058,914 (astounding, right?), which is the fastest ever that a film has broken the $500 million mark. Factoring in an estimated international total of $546 million so far (which doesn’t even include the huge market of China), the sequel has crossed the $1 Billion mark, another time related record, I believe. The total gross stands right now at an estimated $1,086,058,914 (domestic isn’t estimated, just as an FYI), with another billion or so likely to come. Wow.

Here’s a few comparisons to give you an idea of just how well the movie is doing financially. Right now, this is what the top ten highest grossing films of 2015 are:

1. Jurassic World – $652,270,625
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $540,058,914 (and counting)
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $459,005,868
4. Inside Out – $356,461,711
5. Furious 7 – $353,007,020
6. Minions – $336,045,770 (and counting)
7. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 – $264,603,061 (and counting)
8. The Martian – $224,853,519 (and counting)
9. Cinderella (2015 live action remake) – $201,151,353
10. Spectre – $196,274,955 (and counting)

Obviously, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to overtake Jurassic World in the weeks to come, with ease too. That’ll give it one honor, but it’s hardly the only financial one within its grasp…

This is what the all time domestic box office top ten looks like right now:

1. Avatar – $760,507,625
2. Titanic – $658,672,302
3. Jurassic World – $652,270,625
4. Marvel’s The Avengers – $623,357,910
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $540,058,914 (and counting)
6. The Dark Knight – $534,858,444
7. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – $474,544,677
8. Star Wars – $460,998,007
9. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $459,005,868
10. The Dark Knight Rises – $448,139,099

As you can see, it seems like Titanic is assured of getting bumped from the number two spot, leading to a showdown between Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avatar for the crown. Given the way things are going, I suspect a new champion to be crowned before winter is up.

Finally, this is what the worldwide top 15 looks like, which is an expanded list in order to show the path that The Force Awakens is likely to take towards the top. All numbers are in billions too, just so you know:

1. Avatar – $2,788.0
2. Titanic – $2,186.8
3. Jurassic World – $1,669.0
4. Marvel’s The Avengers – $1,519.6
5. Furious 7 – $1,515.0
6. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1,405.0
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – $1,341.5
8. Frozen – $1,276.5
9. Iron Man 3 – $1,215.4
10. Minions – $1,157.3
11. Transformers: Dark of the Moon – $1,123.8
12. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – $1,119.9
13. Skyfall – $1,108.6
14. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $1,104.1
15. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $1,086.1

Getting to the two billion mark seems likely, which would put it in the top three. I suspect that Jurassic World will be beaten by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with Avatar looking over its shoulder next.

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In the end, it can be a bit silly to just discuss numbers, but when a movie is as good as Star Wars: The Force Awakens is, you have no problem watching it become a bigger and bigger blockbuster. In the days, weeks, and months to come, the totals could become unlike what we’ve ever seen from a film before, so be sure to check back in periodically to see what happens. Personally, I’m pulling for it to take all of the top spots. It deserves the honor, at least in my book. Sit tight and we’ll all find out together…

Stay tuned to see just how high the box office totals for Star Wars: The Force Awakens can go!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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