Star Wars: The Force Awakens Now Stands As The Highest-Grossing Film Ever In North America


Another day, another milestone for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to blast through with relative ease. Having sealed a place as the fourth highest-grossing movie in box office history, J.J. Abrams’ nostalgic blockbuster is now officially the most successful film ever to release in North America, after pulling ahead of James Cameron’s Avatar with a domestic total of $760.5 million. All that in less than three weeks on the market, too.

That’s according to a box office breakdown collated by The Hollywood Reporter, citing that The Force Awakens is now simmering north of $1.54 billion on the worldwide charts, which is still a ways behind Avatar’s eye-watering total of $2.78 billion.


It’s early days yet, though. Besides, considering just how many records Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broke through, we wouldn’t write off Disney pushing its billion-dollar baby past the fabled milestone by sheer willpower alone.

But in reality, the one ace in the hole for the House of Mouse’s prized asset is the imminent release in China. Considered to be the second biggest film market in the world, The Force Awakens isn’t due to open in the country until Saturday, January 9, which ought to generate a second boon in box office receipts. But will it be enough to nudge TFA past the $2 billion marker?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters now, and you can get the lowdown on what We Got This Covered staffers thought of Abrams franchise revival right here.