Star Wars: The Force Awakens Officially Topples Avatar’s Domestic Box Office

It’s staggering the amount of records Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already claimed in LESS THAN A MONTH.  Normally, I don’t talk much about box office stuff aside from our weekly breakdowns, but this monumental achievement deserves some recognition.  In only 20 days, it has managed to become the largest domestic box office in history, taking down films that took MONTHS to reach their marks.  

In case you need a refresher, here are all the OTHER records it’s managed to break since its release last month: 

·        Fastest film to reach $100M (21 hours), $200M (3 days), $300M (5 days), $400M (8 days), $500M (10 days), $600M (12 days), and $700M (16 days)

·        Biggest all-time debut and biggest December debut ($247.966M), propelling the industry to the biggest overall moviegoing weekend of all time ($313.3M for all films, Dec. 18-20)

·        Biggest second weekend of all time ($149.2M), propelling the industry to the biggest overall Christmas weekend of all time ($296.4M for all films, Dec. 25-27)

·        Biggest third weekend of all time ($90.2M)

·        Biggest Thursday preview gross ($57M)

·        Biggest Friday, opening, and single day ($119.1M)

·        Biggest Sunday ($60.55M), Monday ($40.1M), and Tuesday ($37.3M)

·        Biggest Christmas Day ($49.3M) and New Year’s Day ($34.39M)

·        Highest per-theater average for a wide debut ($59,982)

·        Biggest opening week ($390.85M)

·        Biggest IMAX debut ($30.1M)

It’s impressive, and considering the film will enjoy several more weeks in theaters, they can only keep climbing, seeing how far up they can get.  They’re setting a high bar and as a life-long Star Wars fan, who grew up during the time in which Titanic unseated the original movie for biggest grossing film, it’s great to see Star Wars once again at the top.  

-Jordan