Star Wars: The Force Awakens capsizes Titanic, targets Avatar


Having completely dominated every film in 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets its eyes on James Cameron’s Avatar, as it sinks the director’s other film, Titanic…

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If you’ve gone to your local theater to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens — between December 17 and now — then you have helped the film blow past the competition for the biggest box-office success in the history of Hollywood. Ending Friday (January 1, 2016) with around $34 million, The Force Awakens overtook both Titanic and Jurassic World who had previously sat at numbers two and three on the list. Now, with Avatar cleary in its sights, Episode VII will most likely be in the number one spot, by the end of the first week in January 2016.

For comparison, Titanic sat at number two with just over $658 million domestic, with Jurassic World coming in just under that at $652 million domestic. If The Force Awakens keeps rolling at this pace, Avatar‘s number one position ($760.5 million) is in serious jeopardy, as some industry experts are estimating Episode VII will hit between $750 and $760 million domestic, by the beginning of the second week of January 2016.

This is huge for Disney and Lucasfilm, as it firmly cements the fact that movie-goers were in fact ready for a new Star Wars trilogy, as well as the planned standalones, which include:

  • Rogue One — December 16, 2016
  • Han Solo — May 25th, 2018
  • Boba Fett — 2020

With nearly a year and a half until Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters (May 26, 2017), Disney/Lucasfilm will more than likely capitalize on the wild success of The Force Awakens, to push its other Star Wars films through. In fact, until 2020, there won’t be a year without a Star Wars film (Star Wars: Episode IX hits in 2019), debuting. That means that there will be even more trailers — each year — as well as Star Wars novels and toys coming out, that will help promote each film.

Hang on, folks, because we’ve got at the very least, four to five more years of Star Wars to look forward to.

H/T – Entertainment Weekly and Variety