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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is reverberating around the world with stunning results, blasting past $1 billion in record time, and it is doing some of its biggest numbers in the country where much of the film was shot.
After just 10 days of release in the U.K., J.J. Abrams’ 7th installation of the space epic is already nearing the $100 million mark, with $97.2 million as of Saturday and having surpassed all previous Star Wars, plus The Hobbit, Pirates of the Caribbean and Dark Knight titles. It has also soared beyond all but two films from the Harry Potter franchise.
International Weekend 12/27/15
|1. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens||$133.3M||$546.0M|
|2. Devil and Angel||$55.0M||$79.0M|
|3. Mojin: The Lost Legend||$44.0M||$183.0M|
|4. Mr. Six||$27.0M||$36.0M|
|5. The Peanuts Movie||$25.0M||$45.0M|
|6. The Himalayas||$14.5M||$28.0M|
|7. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip||$8.1M||$8.1M|
|8. The Good Dinosaur||$8.0M||$109.0M|
|9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1||$6.4M||$352.2M|
With Sunday’s results, the film — which was shot mostly at Pinewood Studios and has two Brits, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, in lead roles — is expected to enter the top 10 films of all time in the U.K. (skipping over The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and begin challenging Jurassic World ($99.7 million) for the ninth spot.
While The Force Awakens still has a way to go before it starts challenging for the U.K.’s top positions, its momentum will likely see it soon knocking on the door of Disney’s only top 10 release, Toy Story 3 ($116 million), on its way towards 2015’s current leader Spectre ($138 million), plus the overall title holder Skyfall ($161 million).
Unless British cinemagoers see a sudden, unexpected switch of interests from lightsabers to transsexual Scandinavians or Miracle Mop inventors, with The Danish Girl and Joy both being released this week, The Forces Awakens’ hold on the local box office crown is likely to remain as tight as ever heading into the new year.
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