Star Wars Finally Tops Avatar to Become The Highest Grossing Movie of All Time in North America

Posted 2016/01/07 4027 0

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has officially become the highest grossing film of all time in the domestic market, surpassing Avatar's record of $760.5 million.

As expected, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has finally become the No.1 film in North America as of the time of Wednesday morning (local time). That is a record which many people, including producer George Lucas, thought would never be able to break. Well, Star Wars: The Force Awakens did it after only 20 days in release.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens grossed $8 million on Tuesday for a domestic total of $758.2 million and kept moving to reach the essential number to surpass $760.5 million, the historic record of Avatar, on Wednesday morning. Avatar and Star Wars: The Force Awakens are the only 2 movies which exceeded the $700 million milestone in North America.

Thanks to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, domestic revenue for 2015 hit a record $11 billion at the last minute. Up to now, the movie has broke numerous records, including biggest domestic opening ($247.9 million), biggest global debut ($529 million), fastest film to reach $100 million (24 hours), $200 million (three days), $300 million (five days), $400 million (eight days), $500 million (10 days), $600 million (12 days), and $700 (16 days).

The other records which Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke in the domestic market are biggest second weekend of all time ($149.2 million), biggest third weekend ($90.2 million), biggest Thursday preview gross ($57 million), biggest Christmas Day ($49.3 million), biggest New Year's Day ($34.4 million), highest location average for a wide debut ($59,982) and biggest opening week ($390.9 million).

Although it is a staggering success of Lucasfilm and Disney, the seventh installment of Star Wars series still has a long way to go to top Avatar to become the highest grossing movie of all time worldwide. Through Tuesday, its worldwide tally is $1.56 billion (Avatar's is $2.78 billion) but that doesn't include China, where Force Awakens lands on Jan. 9.

Many box-office observers believe that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will earn $2.2 to 2.4 billion worldwide, surpassing Titanic ($2.19 billion) of James Cameron to become the 2nd highest grossing movie of all time, following Avatar, not accounting for inflation.

A thank-you message on Star said: "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 record in just 20 days."

For the Star Wars fans, this success can lead to the re-release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens later this year, in which we hope to see new scenes that have never been published or some first images of Star Wars: Episode 8. All of the three original Star Wars movies were re-released in theaters, A New Hope was even re-released 5 times, most recently in 1997.  

And the next question we all are curious to know is whether Star Wars can be the first movie to surpass the $1 billion milestone in North America? If Lucasfilm and Disney seek for records (and to maintain the Star Wars craze), re-releasing is definitely an innovative idea. Both Avatar and Titanic were re-released in theaters before.