It has been defeated. After only three weeks in the box office, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has finally topped James Cameron’s Avatar as the number one film of all time in North America. The beast has fallen, and The Force Awakens is poised to top the global box office in record time.
When it first hit theaters in 2009, Avatar mesmerized audiences with its epic nature and state-of-the-art computer graphics. Moviegoers saw the film in theaters multiple times just to experience it in IMAX and 3D, and its high critical praise quickly launched it to the top as the most profitable film of all time, raking in $2.7 billion. It dethroned Cameron’s other epic feature, Titanic, after 12 years.
Avatar currently sits at $760 million domestically, which it hit after seven months in theaters and a global re-release in 2010. The Force Awakens, on the other hand, has reached just under $800 million after just 21 days in theaters. The film is still averaging $8 mil on week days, so it’s going to far surpass this number in the coming weeks.
As for Avatar’s global record of $2.7 billion, Star Wars is sitting at $1.5 billion and its China release hasn’t even happened yet. When Chinese fans hit cinemas this Saturday to see The Force Awakens, we can expect a massive increase in the film’s global numbers.
How many times have you seen The Force Awakens? Do you think it’ll take over as the highest grossing film of all time? Let us know in the comments!