‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ pulled in an additional $88.3 million domestic this weekend, the best third weekend of all time and the best New Years Day performance, $34.5M just for Friday.  That brings its domestic total to $740.3M, which lands the seventh ‘Star Wars’ flick in the prime spot as the second highest grossing domestic movie of all time, surpassing ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘Titanic’.  (That’s without adjusting for inflation.)  Within the week, ‘The Force Awakens’ should dethrone ‘Avatar’ and take the spot as the top grossing domestic movie ever.

‘Avatar’ was the only movie ever to gross $700M… until now.  ‘Star Wars’ also matched that feat and did so in less time, 16 days as opposed to ‘Avatar”s 72 day hike.  In similar fashion, ‘The Force Awakens’ is currently the second highest grossing IMAX movie of all time, earning $152M in 19 days.  It’s still second to ‘Avatar’ but it should be pointed out that it took ‘Avatar’ 47 days to make the same amount, so it’s just a matter of time before ‘Star Wars’ toppled that as well.

Worldwide, ‘The Force Awakens’ has taken in $1.51 billion and is currently the sixth highest grossing movie of all time, just shy of ‘Furious 7”s $1.515B and ‘The Avengers” $1.52B.  At the rate it’s performing, it should overtake both within days.

Oh, and it hasn’t even been released in China yet.

Here are the official domestic numbers:

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $88.3M
  2. Daddy’s Home – $29M
  3. The Hateful Eight – $16.2M
  4. Sisters – $12.6M
  5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip – $11.8M

In something of a surprise, Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy ‘Daddy’s Home’ held onto the #2 spot with $29M, holding Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ at bay in the #3 spot.

‘Sisters’ continues to perform strongly, dropping only 11% in its third week. The movie had the audacity to open the same weekend as ‘Star Wars’ and… well, that strategy seems to be working out for it!

Next week, ‘The Revenant’ opens nationwide, after a very successful run in four theaters.  Also opening is the anticipated thriller ‘The Forest’ directed by Jason Zada.

Source: Entertainment Weekly