STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Nears $2 BILLION Mark

Still from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
Credit: Lucasfilm
Credit: Lucasfilm

Updated February 1, 2016: Star Wars: The Force Awakens looks to be breaking the $2 billion mark this week, as Sunday's box office receipts put it at $1.983b according to Variety. Already breaking records to become the highest-grossing domestic movie of all time with $895.4m, the J.J. Abrams-helmed movie is currently at $1.09b internationally in its seventh week.

Avatar and Titanic are the top two grossing films of all time globally, with $2.78b and $2.19b respectively.
 

Updated January 11, 2016 at 11:37 a.m. E.T.: Star Wars: The Force Awakens has now earned $1.733 billion globally, surpassing Jurassic World's $1.669b to become the third highest-grossing film of all time. Additionally, over the weekend the J.J. Abrams-directed film's domestic gross earned a cumulative $812m, making it the first-ever film to earn over $800m in North America.

Updated January 7, 2016 at 11:45 a.m. E.T.: On Wednesday, Star Wars: The Force Awakens eclipsed Avatar's domestic box office becoming the highest grossing film in North America with $764.4m, according to Variety. The film earned $6.2m domestically on Wednesday, with its international box office raking in $13.1m -- and that's before it opens in China on January 9.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens worldwide total is reported to be $1.576 billion, making it the fourth highest grossing film of all time behind Jurassic World ($1.668b), Titanic ($2.19b) and Avatar ($2.79).
 

Updated January 6, 2016 at 11:45 a.m. E.T.: With Hollywood analysts counting box office receipts from Tuesday this morning, it is inevitable math that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is hours away from surpassing Avatar's 2009 North American box office record of $760.5m. With the film earning $8m Monday, The Hollywood Reporter expects Tuesdays' receipts to fall short of $10m needed, with Wednesday's box office eventually putting it across the finish line. Avatar became the all-time box office leader in North America after seven months in theaters and an Academy Awards-timed re-release.

Although the domestic record is in Star Wars: The Force Awakens' crosshairs today, the worldwide record of $2.78 billion -- also by Avatar -- is still far, far away. Lucasfilm's blockbuster has to date earned $1.54b, but expects a big bump when the film opens in China on January 9.
 

Updated January 5, 2016 at 12:23 p.m. E.T.: Early reports have Star Wars: The Force Awakens earning $8 million domestically on Monday, according to BoxOffice. That would bring its domestic total to $750.2m, leaving it about $10m short of Avatar's all-time unadjusted record of $760.5m. Deadline adds to that with a reported $14.5m internationally on Monday, giving it an overseas total of $786.1m.

Overall, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has earned $1,536.3m globally, making it the fourth highest grossing film of all time, behind Avatar, Titanic and Jurassic World.
 

Updated January 4, 2016 at 5:11 p.m. E.T.:  Two and a half weeks in, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has now earned $1.51 billion -- making it the sixth highest grossing film of all time, according to Variety. By the close of business Sunday, J.J. Abrams' film has made $742.2 million domestically and $770m internationally. The highest grossing film of all time is Avatar with $2.8b.
 

Update December 31, 2015 at 12:48 p.m. E.T.: As of Thursday morning, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has surpassed Frozen with a cumulative $1.2931 billion made, according to Deadline. With $36.7m earned Wednesday alone, the film has become the eighth highest grossing movie ever.

While Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now the eighth highest grossing movie of all time, it's important to note that adjusting for inflation, the number is drastically different. Adjusted for inflation, 1939's Gone With The Wind earned $6.659 billion.
 

Update December 30, 2015 at 1:09 p.m. E.T.: Step aside, Iron Man 3 -- Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming through. With Tuesday's ticket sales in, J.J. Abrams new film is now the ninth highest grossing film of all time with $1.228 billion according to Deadline. That breaks down to $627.4m internationally and $500.6m domestically.
 

Updated December 29, 2015 at 12:32 p.m. E.T.: With the close of theater box offices Mondays, Deadline now estimates that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has earned $1.161 billion worldwide -- making it the fourth highest grossing film of 2015, and the tenth highest of all time.
 

Updated December 28, 2015 at 9:43 a.m. E.T.: 12 days in, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already made $1.09 billion, according to Deadline. That breaks another record, that of the movie to reach $1b fastest, previously held by Jurassic World with 13 days. With a combined $546 million internationally and $544.57m domestic, J.J. Abrams's film has already become the fifth highest grossing film of 2015 and the fifteenth highest of all time.
 

Updated December 24 at 2:00 p.m. E.T.: BoxOffice now reports that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has reached $765.9 million in global box ticket sales, which many experts are speculating will put it on pace to crack $1 billion over the Christmas weekend. If this pans out, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will break the record for the fastest film to reach that milestone, currently held by Jurassic World with 13 days.

For a side-by-side comparison of movies with the top domestic grosses, check this out at BoxOfficeMojo.
 

Updated December 23 at 3:20 p.m. E.T.: One week into it's release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already earned $689.4 million worldwide according to Variety. Tuesday's receipts show it beating Amazing Spider-Man's record-setting $35m Tuesday with $37.3m domestically (in addition to $41.3m internationally). Furthermore, it's outpacing Jurassic World as the fastest film to reach $300m in North America.

Estimates have it easily breaking the $700m mark by the close of business on Wednesday evening, with Variety pegging it to reach $1 billion on Friday.
 

Updated December 22 at 12:35 p.m. E.T.: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is continuing its strong box office presence, breaking yet another record with its Monday receipts according to BoxOffice. J.J. Abrams' film earned $40.1 million Monday, breating the previous record for Monday showings by a whopping $12.44m (or 45%); the previous record-holder was 2004's Spider-Man 2 with $27.66m.

Comparing it to the top movies of all time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Monday box office of $40.1m handily beat Jurassic World's $25.34m and Avatar's $16.39m.
 

Updated December 21 at 4:46 p.m. E.T.: Lucasfilm has released the final numbers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens's opening weekend: $529 million. With $281m internationally and $247.96m domestically, the J.J. Abrams has surpassed Jurassic World to become the movie with the highest grossing opening weekend ever. And this is excluding China, Greece and India, where the film has not opened yet.
 

Updated December 21 at 10:59 a.m. E.T.: Although early estimates had Star Wars: The Force Awakens missing the mark on beating Jurassic World's opening weekend box office record, Disney chairman/CEO Bob Iger says they're wrong.

Appearing on Bloomberg TV (via The Hollywood Reporter), Iger said the seventh major Star Wars film earned $528 million this past weekend -- beating Jurassic World's $524.9m, and esimtates earlier of $517m. That's due in large part to a stronger-than-anticipated Sunday at theaters in the United States and Canada, giving Disney north of $247m domestically.

Disney is expected to release the final numbers Monday afternoon.
 

Updated December 21 at 9:20 a.m. E.T.: With the opening weekend over, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is estimated to have earned $238 million domestically, with $279m internationally according to BoxOffice. That beats the domestic opening weekend record of Jurassic World set earlier this year, but places it in third internationally behind Jurassic World ($316m) and Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2 ($314m).
 

Updated December 19 at 12:03 p.m. E.T.: Like the Millennium Falcon and the Kessel Run, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken the record for opening day box office sales according to Variety. Current estimates have the seventh installment of George Lucas' franchise earning $120.5 million in its opening day, beating previous record-holder Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2's record of $91m.

Original Story: Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned $57 million in its Thursday night showings, breaking a record previously held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 back in 2011 with $43.5m, according to Variety. BoxOffice adds to that report, saying that 47% of those receips came from 3-D ticket sales, with IMAX accounting for $5.7m. The film is on 4,134 theatre screens in North America, a record for the month of December.

Given the $100+m already taken in with advance ticket sales in the U.S., Variety expects Star Wars: The Force Awakens to easily earn $200m in its opening weekend. The record is currently held by Jurassic World with $208.4m domestically, with $316.1m counting international sales.

Outside of the United States, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already earned $14.1m thanks to earlier release dates in 32 international markets.

Avatar still holds the record for the highest-grossing movie of all time in theaters, with $2.78 billion.

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