‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Becomes Fastest Film to Reach $1 Billion at Box Office
It’s official: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the most popular movie this season, or rather, ever.
Episode VII is now the all-time top-grossing film in the Star Wars franchise, and after just twelve days in theaters, the international box office hit has surpassed the $1 billion mark on Sunday (Dec. 27), not to mention the previous franchise record of $1.027 billion (set by Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999).
The last movie to reach the $1 billion mark the fastest was this summer’s box office smash Jurassic World, which completed the feat in 13 days in June. The popular fourth installment of the Jurassic Park series also had record grosses in China, the world’s second-largest movie market.
Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens hasn’t even opened there yet, and won’t do so until Jan. 9. The Force Awakens also had the biggest Christmas Day box office in history with $49.3 million and the best second-weekend earnings with $153.5 million.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released in theaters on Dec. 17, making a record-setting $238 million in North America over its opening weekend and the biggest worldwide debut with $529 million.