Star Wars: The Force Awakens is undoubtedly a major success, breaking box office records at a break-neck pace. It has already surpassed Avatar as the highest-grossing domestic movie of all time, and it may have the longevity to break that film's all-time global record of $2.7 billion. While we wait to see what box office records it can break next, a new TV spot has arrived, which features one of the most beloved moments of the movie: BB-8's "thumbs up."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens took home five Oscar nominations a few days ago, although most were in technical categories such as sound editing, sound mixing, visual effects and film editing, along with a nod for John Williams' original score. In more recent years, the Academy has given Best Picture nods to big-budget blockbusters like Gravity and American Sniper, but they were both ultimately shut out of all the major awards. Unfortunately for fans, Star Wars: The Force Awakens' failed to land any major awards recognition.
Another reason the film's box office 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).
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now the third highest grossing movie of all time, with $1.76 billion, behind Titanic ($2.186 billion) and Avatar ($2.788 billion). The film rapidly rose through the box office ranks in its first month, but it remains to be seen if it can surpass those movies to be the top-grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office. Since it will likely still be playing in theaters for several more months, it seems completely possible that it could break those records.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens faces possibly its first true test at the box office this 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.