September 26, 2018

Star Wars: The Force Awakens overtakes Frozen with $1.29B

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Disney’s holiday blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens has overtaken Frozen at the worldwide box office, finishing Wednesday with $1.29 billion to move up the list of all-time top-grossing films to No. 8, not accounting for inflation, reports The Hollywood Reporter .

Frozen, also from Disney, earned $1.28 billion globally after opening in late 2013.

And in North America, J.J. Abrams’ Force Awakens passed another Disney hit, Marvel’s The Avengers ($623.4 million), to take the No. 4 spot on the all-time domestic chart, as well as becoming Disney’s top-grossing film ever, not accounting for inflation.

The Disney and Lucasfilm release earned $28.1 million from 4,134 theaters on Wednesday, putting its domestic total at $629 million after just 13 days in release.

Internationally, Force Awakens grossed another $36.7 million for a foreign haul of $664.1 million. So far, the movie — which doesn’t land in China until Jan. 9 — is seeing some of its biggest numbers in Europe. The U.K. leads with a massive $124.6 million, followed by Germany ($70.6 million) and France ($59.2 million).

Other territory totals include $44.1 million in Australia, $40.6 million in Japan, $22.2 million in Mexico, $19.9 million in South Korea and $19.3 million in Russia.

At this rate, Force Awakens is destined to overtake Avatar ($760.5 million) and become the top-grossing film of all time in North America, again not accounting for inflation. It could even achieve the milestone by the end of the holidays.

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