Star Wars: The Force Awakens Closes in on $2 Billion Worldwide


According to a piece from Variety, Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in $10.8 million domestically over the weekend, to finish in 3rd place, which raises its domestic total to $895.4 million…

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That puts Episode VII $125 million over Avatar, the previous record-holder. As far as the international numbers go, The Force Awakens finished 4th with $12.6 million for a total of $1.09 billion. That places the seventh Star Wars film firmly behind Avatar at $2.03 billion, Titanic at $1.53 billion and Furious 7 at $1.16 billion.

For The Force Awakens to hit that $2 billion mark, it only needs to make $17 million this week…that seems doable, right? Senior media analyst at Rentrak, Paul Dergarabedian had this to say:

"“The box office performance of  Star Wars: The Force Awakens shows just how much Star Wars is part of the DNA of moviegoers in North America. It shows how important legacy can be for a movie because there’s been an incredible enthusiasm for this one.”"

Dergarabedian isn’t wrong, and his theory speaks to the larger success of all the Star Wars films (Episode I – VII), as a whole. Disney was smart to buy Lucasfilm when it did, and with Bob Iger promising that there won’t be any slowing down to the production of Star Wars films — past Episode IX — in the near future, then it’s safe to say that the only thing that can harm these type of numbers is moviegoer fatigue.

Variety did go on to state that the top foreign markets, where Star Wars: The Force Awakens is concerned, are:

  • U.K. with $176.4 million
  • China with $121.1 million
  • Germany with $106.1 million

We want to hear from you: Do you plan on going back to the theater to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens…again? If so, what is drawing you back? Let us know in the comments and on social media.

Source — Variety