‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Passes ‘Avatar’ as No. 1 Film of All-Time in North America
The six-year reign of Avatar has come to an end: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now the No. 1 highest-grossing film of all-time in North America.
On Wednesday, Star Wars passed the $760.5 million record set by James Cameron’s epic. Of course, the sci-fi/fantasy epic still has a lot of ground to cover if it wants to surpass Avatar as the worldwide No. 1 film of all-time, as Avatar earned $2.78 billion over the course of its seven-month stint in theaters. Currently, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has earned $1.54 billion worldwide, and that’s without China, one of the biggest international markets. Granted, Star Wars hasn’t been as popular in China as it has been in the West, but it’s expected that the movie will get a considerable boost once it opens in China on January 9. According to the Hollywood Reporter, sources anticipate that the film will earn $2.2 billion-$2.4 billion by the end of its run, overtaking Cameron’s Titanic.
Naturally, none of this accounts for inflation: Gone With the Wind would still technically be the most successful film in history when adjusted for inflation. But in current dollar value, The Force Awakens towers over the competition.
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