With the film on the verge of overtaking James Cameron’s Avatar to become the highest-grossing domestic release in history, Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens has now overtaken fellow Disney blockbuster The Avengers to climb to fourth in the list of the biggest worldwide earners of all time.
The Force Awakens has now amassed $750.2 million in North America – just shy of Avatar’s $760.5 million – and could potentially become the first movie to hit $1 billion domestically. Internationally, it has a further $786 million, giving it $1.536 billion and counting.
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With the film still going strong in most markets, and China yet to come, it’s pretty much a certainty that The Force Awakens will become only the movie to gross $2 billion, with Avatar’s worldwide record of $2.788 billion still a possibility.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Ken Leung (Lost), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist), Jessica Henwick (Spirit Warriors), Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day), Simon Pegg (Star Trek) and newcomers Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen.