On the 53rd day of release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens officially crosses the $2 billion mark in international ticket sales, while domestically it had reached $900 million.
The juggernaut of the movie cineplex might be poised to come in second behind a overweight panda who, in the words of Keanu Reeves, “knows kung-fu,” but in terms of record setting, it continues to be the only story in town. Star Wars: The Force Awakens crosses not one, but two record setting marks this Superbowl weekend, as it crosses the $900 million mark domestically while breaking the $2 billion mark in the international markets.
Sadly, this does not change the fact that The Force Awakens still sits in third place, behind the only other two movies to cross this $2 billion mark, James Cameron’s record holders, Avatar and Titanic. If it continues in this manner the first to fall with be Titanic, which sits at $2.19 billion. Unfortunately, it is far less likely that The Force Awakens will have the global steam to conquer the Avatar mountain, which sits at $2.78 billion.
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At least it holds the domestic crown outright at this point. No film in the history of cinema has ever reached $900 million at the domestic box office. Avatar, which once held that crown, ultimately petered out at $760.5 million, while Titanic, which held it before Avatar came along, topped out at $658.7 million. (And for those wondering, when Jurassic World finally stopped reporting numbers at the end of November, at 23 weeks of release, they had reached $652 million, just short of Titanic‘s original record.) Though we would love to see it make an even billion, insiders suggest that it is far more likely that the final box office numbers for Disney will be in the $950 million mark range when all is said and done.
Still, considering that the company originally paid $4 billion for the rights to Lucasfilm, the fact that they will make back over half of it on ticket sales for the first movie alone (we’re not even counting the toy sales, the numbers for which Disney will report this coming Tuesday) suggests the selling price was, in the end, a bargain.