You may not have heard, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been a monster success. This past weekend, it added just over $10 million to the bank for a third place finish at the box office, which is far from the $247 million it opened with, but good enough that the film could make another significant step closer to a massive milestone. It’s already got several box office records in the books, but now, Star Wars is about to enter a plateau only previously enjoyed by James Cameron. Twice. For it’s worldwide box office take, The Force Awakens is on the verge of being a multi-billionaire.
Collecting $10.7 million in the North America, plus and another $12.6 million internationally over the weekend, The Force Awakens has a total box office take of $1.98 billion. That handily secures its place as the bronze medalist in the all-time worldwide box office derby, but it also puts Star Wars now within $200 million of matching Titanic‘s all-time take of $2.17 billion. Regardless, by this time next week, The Force Awakens will definitely have made it over the $2 billion mark, just one of three movies in box office history to achieve that.
Unfortunately, it seems less and less likely that The Force Awakens will catch Avatar to become the number one box office champ of all time; Avatar has $2.79 billion in the bank, meaning that Star Wars will have to collect another three-quarters of a billion dollars in order to catch it. The box office has been cooling for Star Wars all January long, but with a much more competitive February including Hail Caesar, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Zoolander 2, and Deadpool all on tap in the next couple of weeks, that repeat business that Star Wars has been enjoying lately will likely take a dive.
Still, Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a good run, and it will be the first movie to ever make more than $900 million in North America alone, leaving Avatar‘s domestic record in the dust. You can’t always get want you want, but you can see Star Wars again and make it $10 closer to $2 billion worldwide.