It’s official. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has surpassed “Avatar” to become the top-grossing film in North America.
Yesterday (Jan 6th), according to Variety, the seventh film in the Star saga surpassed “Avatar’s” $760.5 million lifetime gross in record time, just 20 days.
Disney made a statement about the Star wars faithful, “We are proud of these records, but know that they would not be possible without fans’ enthusiasm and continued support. We feel it here and it drives us every day, and it will continue to in the very bright future of Star Wars. There has indeed been an awakening — and it’s all thanks to you.”
Globally, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ranks as the fourth highest-grossing pic in history, having earned $1.5 billion worldwide.
It opens this weekend in China, the world’s second-biggest market for film. Depending on how enthusiastically it is received in the People’s Republic, “The Force Awakens” could shoot past “Avatar’s” record $2.8 billion global haul.