‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Becomes Highest-Grossing Domestic Movie Of All Time, Breaks ‘Avatar’ Record
Star Wars: The Force Awakens dethroned Avatar on Wednesday to become the highest-grossing domestic movie of all time. Just 20 days after its release, the Disney blockbuster has surpassed the James Cameron film’s $760.5 million North American take.
Technically, Star Wars broke Avatar’s record on Tuesday, since its total stood at $758.2 million compared to the latter film’s original gross of $750 million. But, Avatar was later re-released in theaters and added $10 million to its haul.
The Force Awakens is now also the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide. The sci-fi film’s grand total stands at a little more than $1.5 billion, compared to the $2.78 billion earned by Avatar. And even though The Force Awakensnow holds the domestic box office crown, many analysts are predicting that the film won’t reach the worldwide milestone, instead having to settle for the number two spot with an estimated $2.2 billion to $2.4 billion. The Force Awakens, however, has yet to open in several major markets around the world, so the global record is still far from settled.
It should be noted, with prices adjusted for inflation over time, Gone with the Wind is the number one domestic movie of all time. The film earned $189.5 million in North America when it was released in 1939, a gross equivalent to more than $1.7 billion today. As for the number two movie with the numbers adjusted, that would be the original Star Wars, which was released in 1977.