Published: Thu, January 07, 2016
Culture | By Stewart Greene

'The Force Awakens' returns USA box office crown to 'Star Wars'

With Wednesday's box office totals, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will overtake 2009's "Avatar" to become the highest-grossing film in North American history, according to Disney. All that in less than three weeks on the market, too.

Box office analysts say that to beat the global record of $2.8bn (£1.9bn) held by Avatar, The Force Awakens must do well in China, where it opens on Saturday.

Worldwide, the record is within sight as well;

Avatar remains the champion by a large margin, with $2.788 billion compared to The Force Awakens's $1.55, but time is on the side of J.

In reality, the one ace in the hole for the House of Mouse's prized asset is the imminent release in China.

"The Force Awakens", the seventh film in the Lucasfilm space saga, has broken numerous records around the world since its release. But will it be enough to nudge TFA past the $2 billion' marker?

It took "The Force Awakens" about 20 days to zoom past the "Avatar". Current estimates, according to The Hollywood Reporter, predict the film to ultimately gross between $2.2 and $2.4 billion worldwide, which would place it second of all time.

Even if a popular film did arise to take on the record set by "Star Wars", such a film would likely have to contend with the effects of inflation. It'll have to make a billion more dollars just in the hit the No. 1 spot (currently occupied by Gone With the Wind, with the original Star Wars in the No. 2 slot).

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