Fans of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, please stand up and pat yourself on the back. You have made the film the newest top money maker in North America. And in order to do so, it had to over take Avatar. While it still has a ways to go to topple the movie globally, you should know that the previous record of $760.5 million earned by James Cameron’s Avatar was beaten by The Force Awakens’ $758.2 million. Even more impressive was that The Force Awakens only needed 20 days to accomplish this feat while Avatar took seven months plus an additional $10 million from it’s rerelease.
The new record was set when Star Wars grossed $8 million on Tuesday. Could you imagine making $8 million on just a Tuesday? According to the report, Avatar grossed a total of $2.78 billion on the global market during it’s run in theaters. As of right now, The Force Awakens sits on a $1.56 billion global mountain. On Tuesday it earned $13 million in the foreign market bringing that total to $799 million.
A really important thing to note, however, is that the movie has yet to open in China (Jan. 9). When Avatar opened and finished it’s run in China, it made a little over $205 million. Who knows how well (or poor) The Force Awakens will do over there? To give you a better understanding of things, check out this comparison between The Force Awakens and Avatar in the foreign market with numbers coming out of Australia.
Boxofficemojo reported that Avatar opened in Australia on December 17, 2009 and as of September 5, 2010 it grossed a total of $105.8 million. That’s about nine months in between open and close. On the same site, The Force Awakens opened (like almost everywhere else) on December 17, 2015. As of January 3, 2016, the movie has made just a little over $50 million. That’s only 17 days and almost half of what Avatar did in a nine month span. Simply put there is a lot of time left and a big market yet to be opened to. And while the number gap may be large now, The Force Awakens looks poised to take over Avatar globally as well.
Interestingly enough, experts have predicted that the new Star Wars film will only make $2.2 – $2.4 billion worldwide surpassing another Cameron film, Titanic which sits at the No.2 spot with $2.19 billion worldwide. It should also be noted that these numbers do not take inflation over time into account.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter