Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Heads for $1 Billion at Record Pace

2015-12-26

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is has surpasses $800 million worldwide; Adam McKay’s ‘The Big Short’ expanded into 1,585 theaters in North America Wednesday, placing No. 4.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is headed for the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office faster than any film in history after shattering numerous records since it began opening a week ago.

Box Office 'Star Wars The Force Awakens' Heads for $1 Billion at Record Pace

J.J. Abrams’ tentpole finished Wednesday with $363.5 million domestically after earning $38.1 million from 4,134 theaters for the day, one of the best showings of all time (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse holds the record for the biggest Wednesday after posting an opening-day gross of $68.5 million in June 2010).

Overseas, Force Awakens earned another $38.4 million for a foreign tally of $400.4 million and global haul of $765.9 million. At this pace, the movie will cross the $1 billion mark sometime over Christmas weekend, or in 12 days or less.

The current record holder is Jurassic World (13 days), which had the benefit of opening day and date in China. Force Awakens doesn’t open there until Jan. 9.

SPOILER (For those of you who have not yet seen the movie) there is huge twist that sees Han Solo killed by his own son Ben Solo, now known as Kylo Ren.

At our screening we were invited to there were audible gasps as well as many tears, and it’s no surprise the internet has pounced on any news with regards the rogue’s return in Episode VIII.

First of all, comments by Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy at the London premiere had many discussing whether he will be back.

She said: “There will be a handful of new cast members in Episode VIII but also all the cast members you see here tonight will be in it as well,” while Harrison Ford was on stage behind her.

Was she just trying to avoid spoilers? Perhaps. As might this latest casting call which seemingly confirms Ford will be returning in some capacity.

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