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J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens is celebrating winding down in theaters by crossing the $2 billion mark at the worldwide box office, becoming only the third film in history to achieve that feat after Avatar and Titanic.
And in North America, it will jump the $900 million mark on Friday, a milestone no film has ever before accomplished. It’s expected to clear $2 billion globally sometime on Saturday, its 53rd day in release.
“This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made Star Wars: The Force Awakens such an extraordinary success,” said Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.
“The film’s achievements are truly astounding, and it’s our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the Star Wars legacy alive for many years to come,” Horn continued in a statement.
Force Awakens has shattered numerous records since its launch in late December, quickly surpassing Avatar ($760.5 million) to become the top-grossing film of all time domestically, not accounting for inflation. Avatar, however, is assured of remaining the No. 1 title of all time globally with $2.788 billion.
Titanic earned $2.187 billion worldwide; the big question remains whether Force Awakens can sink Titanic to become the No. 2 title of all time, again not accounting for inflation. Force Awakens has actually beat the original run of Titanic, which later earned more than $200 million when rereleased in 3D.
Through Thursday, Force Awakens has earned an estimated $899.1 million domestically and $1.096 billion internationally for a global total of $1.995 billion.
Other records broken by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in North America include biggest opening weekend ($248 million), biggest opening day ($119.1 million), biggest second weekend ($149.2 million), biggest third weekend ($90.2 million) and biggest opening week ($390.8 million).
Overseas, it secured the top opening weekend of all time in 18 territories, including the U.K., Australia, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria and Poland. In the U.K., it went on to become the top-grossing film of all time with $176 million-plus.
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