Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the biggest film releases in the history of history. So it makes sense that the box office accolades for the film continue to roll in. Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm confirmed today that the sequel will cross $900 million mark today at the domestic box office. That’s quite appropriate considering today marks the 50th day of the film’s release. Star Wars is the first and only movie to hit this milestone.
But that’s not all. On Saturday, the film is expected to gross the $2 billion mark at the world wide box office. Now, that’s enough to make the film the biggest global film release ever, which remains Avatar at $2.7 billion, but that’s still a nice spot for Star Wars. As of this weekend, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will only be the third film in history to cross the $2 billion mark and only the second to do it in its original release.
Speaking on the news Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn stated: “This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made Star Wars: The Force Awakens such an extraordinary success. The film’s achievements are truly astounding, and it’s our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the Star Wars legacy alive for many years to come.”
It’s almost hard to believe the film came out only eight weeks ago. Here are some of the other records it has racked up:
- Biggest domestic preview gross ($57 million)
- Biggest opening day domestically ($119.1 million)
- Biggest domestic second weekend ($149.2 million)
- Biggest domestic third weekend ($90.2 million)
- Biggest opening week domestically ($390.8 million)
- Biggest opening weekend in 18 territories: U.K. (4-day), Australia, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Poland (3-day), Denmark (5-day), Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, Iceland, Serbia, New Zealand
- Fastest film to $1B globally (12 days)
- Biggest film of all time in the U.S. and the U.K.
One wonders how future Star Wars film installments will perform. Rogue One: A Star Wars story hits theaters on December 16. Star Wars: Episode VIII will arrive on December 15, 2017.