‘The Force Awakens’ Becomes Highest-Grossing Film Of All Time In U.S. | Film News
There was no way it wouldn’t. It’s Star Wars. Even if it is a copy of the first one. Its ascent has been astronomical and now J.J. Abrams‘ The Force Awakens has another feather in its cap in the shape of the U.S. box office after it knocked 2009’s Avatar off its long-standing perch. Take THAT James Cameron.
The Force Awakens has now brought in more than $760.5 million (the previous holder’s record) in the U.S. since its release three weeks ago and it’s still going (it is only the second film besides Avatar to make over $700 million). 2015 has been an incredible year for films in America, with films such as Jurassic World, Spectre and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2 contributing to a huge $11 billion pot, which beats 2013’s record by 2%.
Is this as far as it will go though? Disney finds your lack of faith disturbing. Not content with dominating the U.S. box office, the next objective is to become the highest-grossing film of all-time globally. Currently The Force Awakens sits 4th in this list, behind Jurassic World, Avatar and Titanic(wow!) but, the epic space-opera has a secret weapon still in reserve: the Chinese market. The Force Awakens will not be released in China until January 9, and that will add another huge dollop of cash to the Bob Iger Retirement Fund.
If it manages to top this list then the next objective will be to conquer the same list which is adjusted for inflation. A slightly pointless exercise, as it will have to beat its own father, Star Wars: A New Hope, and then go through Avatar once again before coming face to face with 1939’s Gone With The Wind, whose all-time gross, when adjusted for inflation, stands at $3.44 billion. Even if they don’t crack this list, or the one before it, there is no denying that the Force is commercially strong with this one (even if it’s not the film die-hard fans were looking for).
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