The Force Awakens blasts off to new heights with $2 billion grossed globally

The newest Star Wars film breaks Avatar's domestic record after grossing $900 million and joins the ranks of elite films to gross $2 billion globally
By Jason Spencer | Feb 06, 2016
When The Force Awakens was first released, people could not stop talking about it. And even after a couple of months the newest Star Wars film is still in the headlines, most recently for breaking all sorts of milestones.

According to Hollywood Reporter, The Force Awakens has now grossed over $900 million in North America. This makes it the highest grossing movie domestically, surpassing Avatar's $760.5 million.

And that's not all. The Force Awakens is expected to reach $2 billion globally on Saturday, making it one of only three movies to ever do so.

"This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey," said Walt Disney Studio's current chairman Alan Horn. He also contributed much of the film's success to moviegoers, giving thanks to those who have been longtime fans as well as those who are new to the series.

However, despite its rapid rise to success, it is unlikely to take the top spot on a global scale. Cinema Blend reports that topping Titanic's $2.186 billion is "a long shot," and overtaking Avatar's $2.7 billion is "essentially impossible."

And despite only recently being booted down to number two in the box office, even after nearly two months, the much-anticipated release of Marvel's Deadpool is likely to bring it down even further.

Still, its achievements are not to be ignored.

"The film's achievements are truly astounding, and it's our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the Star Wars legacy alive for many years to come," said Horn.

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