Earlier this week, Star Wars: The Force Awakens passed Avatar's $760.5 million mark to become the highest-grossing movie of all time at the domestic box office. This blockbuster still has some work to do before becoming the top-grossing movie globally, but this weekend, the movie passed Jurassic World's gross of $1.669 billion as the #3 movie of all time. It still has some work to do before passing Titanic ($2.1 billion) and Avatar ($2.7 billion) to become the highest-grossing movie of all time.
This weekend marked Star Wars: The Force Awakens' opening in China, where it set yet another record. The movie's $52.6 million two-day China opening set a new record as the biggest Saturday/Sunday Middle Kingdom debut of all time. The movie has now earned $812 million domestically and $921.4 million internationally for a global total of $1.733 billion worldwide. The movie still has to earn another $1 billion to break Avatar's global record, but the movie could very well break that record if it continues to perform well both domestically and overseas.
Another reason the numbers are so impressive is its theatrical rollout is nowhere near the biggest in history. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse still hold the record for the widest release ever, debuting in 4,468 theaters back in 2010. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has the 33rd widest opening ever, debuting in 4,134 theaters, a theater count lower than other 2015 blockbusters such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (4,175) and Minions (4,301).
The movie's international tally of $921.4 million takes it past Transformers: Age of Extinction, Frozen and Marvel's The Avengers. The movie should also knock out Avengers: Age of Ultron ($946 million) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 ($960.5 million) this week to move up to No. 5 of all time internationally with $1B in its sights. The top four movies internationally are Jurassic World ($1.01 billion), Furious 7 ($1.1 billion), Titanic ($1.5 billion) and Avatar ($2.02 billion).
Star Wars: The Force Awakens faces possibly its first true test at the box office next weekend, going up against three high-profile new releases, Ride Along 2, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Norm of the North. Do you think any of these newcomers have a shot at taking down Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Chime in with your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more updates on the movie's box office performance.