‘Force Awakens’ becomes fastest film to $1 billion

December 28, 2015 - photo frame

  • This print supposing by Lucasfilm shows Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca and Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, destined by J.J. Abrams. The film non-stop in U.S. theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. (Film Frame/Lucasfilm around AP) - Photo: Film Frame, AP / Lucasfilm



LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has reached $1 billion during a box office, achieving a miracle with record-setting hyper speed.

The Walt Disney Co. pronounced “The Force Awakens” crossed a billion-dollar symbol Sunday, accomplishing a attainment in only 12 days. The prior film to strech $1 billion a fastest was Universal’s “Jurassic World,” that did it in 13 days in June. “Jurassic World” also had a advantage of record grosses in China. “The Force Awakens” doesn’t open in a world’s second-largest film marketplace until Jan. 9.

J.J. Abrams’ installment of “Star Wars” also posted a biggest Christmas Day box bureau in story with $49.3 million and a best second-weekend gain with $153.5 million.

“The Force Awakens” has been environment annals given a entrance Dec. 17. It brought in a galactic $238 million in North America over a opening weekend, besting prior record-setter “Jurassic World,” and set general opening-weekend annals in Australia, New Zealand and via Europe. It scored a biggest worldwide entrance with $529 million. It also surfaced $100 million in IMAX screenings in 10 days, another tellurian record.

“You roughly have to rewrite all a record books for this movie,” box bureau researcher Paul Dergarabedian of Rentrak said. “It’s positively mind-blowing that ‘Star Wars’ could get to a billion dollars in 12 days and it hasn’t even non-stop in China, a second biggest film marketplace in a world.”

The energy of “Star Wars” meant a rest of a week’s releases were competing for second place. That esteem went to a Paramount comedy “Daddy’s Home,” that non-stop with $38.8 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. David O. Russell’s new play starring Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy,” debuted in third place with $17.5 million.

A flurry of new films also non-stop in a tip 10 this weekend. “Concussion,” a Will Smith-NFL drama, took in $11 million, good for sixth place, followed by a financial-crisis tale “The Big Short,” that collected $10.5 million. The reconstitute of “Point Break” non-stop with $10.2 million. And Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, “The Hateful Eight,” debuted in 10th place with $4.5 million.

A juggernaut like “Star Wars” empowers a whole industry, Dergarabedian said.

“It’s good for a audiences, good for studios and museum owners in sold who can indicate to this and contend a film museum attention is as viable and applicable as it’s ever been,” he said.

Estimated sheet sales for Friday by Sunday during U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, a latest general numbers for Friday by Sunday are also included. Final domestic total will be expelled Monday.

1. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” $153.5 million ($133.3 international).

2. “Daddy’s Home,” $38.8 million ($4.4 million).

3. “Joy,” $17.5 million ($2 million international).

4. “Sisters,” $13.9 million ($300,000 international).

5. “Alvin and a Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” $12.7 million ($8.1 million international).

6. “Concussion,” $11 million.

7. “The Big Short,” $10.5 million ($1.4 million international).

8. “Point Break,” $10.2 million ($2 million).

9. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2,” $5.3 million ($6.4 million).

10. “The Hateful Eight,” $4.5 million.


Estimated sheet sales for Friday by Sunday during general theaters (excluding a U.S. and Canada), according to Rentrak:

1. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” $133.3 million.

2. “Devil and Angel,” $55 million.

3. “Mojin: The Lost Legend,” $44 million.

4. “Mr. Six,” $27 million.

5. “The Peanuts Movie,” $25 million.

6. “The Himalayas,” $14.5 million.

7. “Alvin and a Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” $8.1 million.

8. “The Good Dinosaur,” $8 million.

9. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2,” $6.4 million.

10. “Spectre,” $5.6 million.


Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a section of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a organisation of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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