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Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in $ 88.3 million US at the North American box office over the New Year’s weekend, bringing the film’s domestic tally to $ 740.3 million and pushing the global figure to $ 1.51 billion.
The movie has already surpassed several significant milestones, including becoming the fastest film to make $ 1 billion at the global box office and scoring the biggest worldwide debut ($ 529 million).
Having now surpassed James Cameron’s mammoth romance Titanic ($ 658.6 million) at the domestic box office, Force Awakens is poised to take down the Canadian director’s other movie behemoth, Avatar, currently the top-grossing film of all time in North America.
Avatar earned $ 760.5 million during its North American release in 2009. The film, Cameron’s 3D extravaganza about humans exploring a lush alien world, crossed the $ 700-million threshold after 72 days in the theatres. Sequel films are in the works.
Force Awakens — which returns to a galaxy far, far away 30 years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire and amid the disappearance of famed Jedi Luke Skywalker — is expected to experience another major boost next weekend with its Jan. 9 opening in China, the world’s second-largest movie market.
Globally, Force Awakens is currently the sixth highest-grossing film in history.
However, it is forecast to leapfrog the current fourth- and fifth-place movies — The Avengers ($ 1.519 billion) and Furious 7 ($ 1.515 billion) — in a matter of days.