Sunday, January 10, 2016

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' tops 'Avatar' to become domestic box office champ, passes 'Jurassic World' for third place on the worldwide charts

Star Wars: The Force Awakens showed some signs of slowing this weekend, but make no mistake- this is still one of the biggest hits in movie history. Over the latest three-day frame (The Force Awakens' fourth weekend in theaters), the J.J. Abrams-directed film grossed $41.6 million, a 54% drop from last weekend. That's a somewhat high number for the sci-fi flick that has thrived off of strong legs and good word of mouth, but with increased competition from The Revenant, it's not all that surprising. The Force Awakens has now made $812 million in the US and $1.73 billion worldwide, an absolutely astronomical total. But before I delve into this weekend's results more closely, let's go back to a couple days ago.

After a somewhat disappointing set of results on Monday and Tuesday, Star Wars: The Force Awakens reached $764.4 million on Wednesday to defeat Avatar and become the highest grossing film of all time in America. Force Awakens reached that total in 20 days, which is also a new record. It took Avatar a much, much longer time to break that record. Later in the week, thanks to strong grosses in China, The Force Awakens passed Jurassic World's $1.66 billion total to reach the aforementioned $1.73 billion total. According to Forbes' Scott Mendelson, depending on the legs in China and in other countries, Star Wars has a shot at passing Titanic to become the 2nd highest grossing film in worldwide history. It looks like Avatar is out of reach at this point.

But how high will the film go in America? With a $41 million weekend and clear signs that the film is slowing, it looks like The Force Awakens will be wrapping up its blockbuster run in the near future. And with competition from Ride Along 2 and 13 Hours next weekend, it may drop harder than expected. As of right now, The Force Awakens stands as the 15th highest grossing film in American history when adjusted for inflation. Over the frame, it passed Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace and Jurassic Park and it will soon topple Avatar, Ben-Hur and The Empire Strikes Back. This is especially impressive and depending on the legs over the course of January and February, The Force Awakens may or may not crack the prestigious top ten films of all time when adjusted for inflation chart. My bet is that it wraps up its run with around $925 million and an 11th place finish behind Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Any way you spin it, this is one ridiculously massive hit.

Image Credits; Variety, Joblo

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