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While much of the hype surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens has now died down, as it’s been out for nearly two months, the movie isn’t quite done breaking records yet. Today The Walt Disney Company announced that the movie has hit another movie milestone, and is expected to hit another before the weekend is out. The Force Awakens has now become the first movie to gross $900 million at the U.S. box office. The Mouse House also expects the film to crack the $2 billion global box office mark sometime on Saturday.
The Force Awakens became the number one domestic movie quite a while ago when it bypassed Avatar’s $760 million total. Since then the film has just been piling on and increasing its lead, making it that much harder for any future film to bypass its success. Even future Star Wars movies will likely have difficulty competing. While the film has lost its spot at the top of the box office chart, it still hasn’t fallen below the number two spot, even two months later.
While Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been a global success as well, it has not been able to become the clear leader there nearly as easily. Only two movies have ever broken the $2 billion mark previously, James Cameron’s Titanic and Avatar. While The Force Awakens will be joining that elite club this weekend, even surpassing Titanic’s $2.186 billion box office will be a long shot at this point. Catching up to Avatar at $2.7 billion is essentially impossible.
While the numbers that The Force Awakens have put up globally are nothing to ignore, they’re nothing compared to what Avatar was able to do. Cameron’s films did over $200 million in China, and that was in 2009 when the nation was not nearly the box office powerhouse that they are today. By comparison Star Wars is sitting at $120 million due to the movie seeing a significant drop in business in only its second week of release in the country. Star Wars has never built the fan base in China than it has in other parts of the world, mostly due to the communist government keeping western pop culture out of the nation in the late 1970’s when Star Wars was first getting a toehold in the rest of the world.
With some major releases hitting theaters next weekend, being lead by Fox’s Deadpool, this may be the last big moment for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to shine. If so, the movie has had a hell of a run, and has certainly made its mark on movie history. Do you plan on adding anymore to the final total before it's all over?