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?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? pips ?Avatar? to become highest grossing film in N. America

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MUMBAI: With early box office results in mid-wee, Star Wars: The Force Awakens became the highest grossing film of all time in the North American market, surpassing the $760.5 million lifetime gross ofAvatar in a record-shattering 20 days of release. In addition, the film crossed the $800 million mark at the international box office on 6 January.

 

Through 5 January, the film had grossed $758.2 million in North America and $799.1 million for a global total of $1,557.3 million since its 16 December global debut.

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted in the US and Canada on 18 December, its first two weeks pushing the North American annual industry box office to an all-time high of $11 billion. 

 

The movie has set numerous individual records including:

 

? Fastest film to reach $100 million (21 hours), $200 million (3 days), $300 million (5 days), $400 million (8 days), $500 million (10 days), $600 million (12 days), and $700 million (16 days)

 

? Biggest all-time debut and biggest December debut ($247.966 million), propelling the industry to the biggest overall moviegoing weekend of all time ($313.3 million for all films, 18 - 20 December)

 

? Biggest second weekend of all time ($149.2 million), propelling the industry to the biggest overall Christmas weekend of all time ($296.4 million for all films, 25 - 27 December)

 

? Biggest third weekend of all time ($90.2 million)

 

? Biggest Thursday preview gross ($57 million)

 

? Biggest Friday, opening, and single day ($119.1 million)

 

? Biggest Sunday ($60.55 million), Monday ($40.1 million), and Tuesday ($37.3 million)

 

? Biggest Christmas Day ($49.3 million) and New Year?s Day ($34.39 million)

 

? Highest per-theater average for a wide debut ($59,982)

 

? Biggest opening week ($390.85 million)

 

? Biggest IMAX debut ($30.1 million)

 

Globally, the film posted the highest global opening weekend of all time of $528.967 million and surpassed $1 billion in a record 12 days. It also had the biggest global IMAX debut ($48 million) and surpassed $152 million in IMAX in a record 19 days. It was the highest international debut in December history with $281 million, and it remains #1 in many territories after posting the biggest opening weekend in at least 18 major markets.

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens now heads into its fourth weekend of global release ahead of a debut in its final international market, China, on 9 January.

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