The Resistance has something more to celebrate about.
After a brief and record-setting twenty days in release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh film in the iconic sci-fi/fantasy franchise, is, as of yesterday, officially the highest-grossing film of all time – unadjusted for inflation – in North America (the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Guam). Since its December 18 release, The Force Awakens has earned a grand total of $758.2 million dollars, again, in only 20 days. The Walt Disney Studios, which produced and distributed the film after purchasing Lucasfilm from George Lucas in 2012, issued this statement on their achievement to Deadline Hollywood:
“This afternoon, with early box office results in, Star Wars: The Force Awakens became the highest grossing film of all time in the domestic market, surpassing the $760.5M lifetime gross of Avatar in a record-shattering 20 days of release. In addition, the film crossed the $800M mark at the international box office today. Through Jan. 5, the film had grossed $758.2M domestically and $799.1M for a global total of $1,557.3B since its Dec. 16 global debut.”
The Force Awakens displaces James Cameron’s Avatar, distributed by 20th Century Fox, from the top of the all-time North American box office list at Box Office Mojo. Worldwide, the film is fourth behind Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World (Universal, 2015), and not one, but two James Cameron pictures – Titanic (Paramount, 1997) and the aforementioned Avatar. The Force Awakens is unlikely to displace Avatar at the top of the worldwide box-office record list, but, according to The Hollywood Reporter, it has a good chance of becoming number two.
Adjusted for inflation, The Force Awakens is currently the 21st highest-grossing film of all time according to Box Office Mojo, its current $758 million box-office total falling below that of the much maligned prequel Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999, Fox), which is at #17 at $777 million. and all of the original Star Wars trilogy (all released by Fox) – 1977’s Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (#2 at $1.5 billion), 1980’s Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (#12 at $845 million), and 1983’s Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (#12 at $845 million).
Still number one? MGM’s Gone with the Wind (1939), with $1.7 billion.