This is the least surprising news you’ll hear all day, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens can’t stop making money. As predicted, after being set up with an extra $40 million it made on Monday, Star Wars crossed the $300 million mark at the domestic box office while you were eating lunch on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Star Wars continues to eat the lunch, metaphorically-speaking, of some of the biggest box office hits of all time, and with the holiday weekend coming up, it will have its sights set on breaking even more box office records, including, in the long game, the all-time box office championship.
According to the calculations of The Hollywood Reporter, The Force Awakens crossed $300 million around noon yesterday on its fifth day of release, which means it made as much money as Jurassic World did in eight, World being the previous record-holder for the reaching $300 million the fastest. By further comparison it took nine days for The Avengers to reach $300 million, 10 days for The Dark Knight and Avengers: Age of Ultron, 12 days for The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, 14 days for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Iron Man 3, and 15 days for Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
As for that long game, if The Force Awakens in its second week takes the same dip as Jurassic World did in terms of percentage of opening weekend gross, it will make an additional $126 million, which at the end of 10 days will likely put it just within striking distance of $500 million. In 10 days, Jurassic World made just over $400 million, and wouldn’t reach $500 million till its 17th day of release. By the time, 2016 comes around in a week and half, The Force Awakens will be sneaking up on the Top 4 domestic box office earners of all time: Avatar ($760.6M), Titanic ($658.7M), Jurassic World ($652.3M), and The Avengers ($623.4M).
The magic number though is $2,787,965,087, which is the total worldwide final gross of Avatar. Can The Force Awakens beat it? Stay tuned.
Source: Comic Book Movie