There is no doubt that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a box office behemoth, shattering records left and right after just three weeks in theaters. It destroyed Jurassic World's opening weekend record of $208.8 million with $247.9 million, while also setting records for largest opening day ($119.1 million), Thursday night previews ($57 million) and for becoming the fastest to reach $1 billion worldwide (12 days). These are just a handful of the records it has broken so far, but Mashable has a breakdown on some of the records it hasn't quite broken yet, some of which may never be eclipsed.
The most notable records it hasn't broken yet are both held by 2009's Avatar, which still has the highest all-time domestic gross ($760.5 million) and worldwide gross ($2.7 billion). Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently at $750.2 million domestic and $1.536 billion worldwide, and the domestic mark is expected to fall within the next day or two. We reported earlier today that this blockbuster has overtaken Furious 7 ($1.515 billion) and Marvel's The Avengers ($1.519 billion) to become the fourth-highest grossing movie of all time at the worldwide box office, but it still has a lot of work to do before passing Avatar's $2.7 billion tally, and it will have to pass Jurassic World ($1.669 billion) and Titanic ($2.186 billion) to do so.
One record that cannot be broken is Jurassic World's international opening weekend tally of $316.1 million. Star Wars: The Force Awakens did break that blockbuster's global opening weekend record ($524.9 million) with $528.9 million, but its overseas total of $281 million is the third best of all time, behind Jurassic World and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 ($314 million). Other records that will be virtually impossible to break is E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial's stretch of 16 weeks at #1, or Titanic's streak of 15 weeks in a row at #1. Bear in mind, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was literally in theaters for an entire year, 52 straight weeks, and Titanic was in theaters for 41 weeks during its run.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens holds the record for highest "fall" and "holiday" opening weekend grosses, but it has no shot at the Winter (American Sniper, $89.2 million), Spring (The Hunger Games, $152.2 million) and Summer (Jurassic World, $208.8 million) records. It's possible that Disney could re-release the movie in these seasons either this year or the years to follow, but, for now, those are a few of the records Star Wars: The Force Awakens can't touch. There are still some records that could break in the next few weeks, depending on how many fans show up.
The projections for Star Wars: The Force Awakens' fourth weekend, starting January 8, put it at $55.2 million. If that holds true, it will be enough to break Avatar's fourth weekend record of $50.3 million. Avatar also holds the all-time marks for highest fifth weekend ($42.7 million), sixth weekend ($34.9 million) and seventh weekend ($31.2 million), which all could fall if director J.J. Abrams' beloved film keeps posting minimal decreases each weekend.
James Cameron's other blockbuster Titanic currently holds the top marks for best eighth weekend ($23.02 million), ninth weekend ($28.1 million), 10th weekend ($21.03 million), 11th weekend ($19.6 million) and 12th weekend ($17.6 million). To put those numbers in perspective, Jurassic World earned just $3 million during its 12th weekend this summer. Star Wars: The Force Awakens also holds daily records for Friday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, but its Saturday tally of $68.2 million is third best to Marvel's The Avengers ($69.5 million) and Jurassic World ($69.6 million). It is still far below the all-time Wednesday record of $68.5 million set by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and the highest Thursday record of $50.5 million set by Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. It also fell just short of the non-opening Thursday gross record set by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($29.09 million), taking in $27.3 million on Christmas Eve. Do you think Star Wars: The Force Awakens can break all of the major box office records?