In a galaxy not so far away, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the highest-grossing movie of all time domestically in the United States of America.
It’s been 40 years since the first movie, Star Wars: A New Hope, was released and since then it has become one of America’s favorite movies.
The new Star Wars Movie came with lots of expectations and hype and looking at its Box Office it seems that they have fulfilled the hopes of the fans.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken the record of Avatar in just 20 days. Avatar earned $760.50 Million and Star Wars overtook the record by grossing $8 Million on Tuesday. Avatar was released in December 2009 and it took seven month to reach the number which was broken by Star Wars in just 20 days.
With Star Wars going crazy in the box office, the domestic revenue of Hollywood in 2015 has hit a record $11 Billion. Star Wars has almost broken almost all the records in Hollywood: the movie now holds the records for biggest opening day at the domestic box office ($119.1 million), biggest opening weekend at the domestic box office ($247.96 million), and biggest IMAX opening at the domestic box office ($30.1 million). Star Wars: The Force Awakens also reached $1 billion faster than any other film, reaching the milestone in a record 12 days.
Worldwide, Star Wars still has a long way to go to break the record of Avatar. Avatar has earned $2.78 billion worldwide, while Star Wars has only reached $1.56 billion. But according to Hollywood insiders, it is likely that Star Wars will break Avatar’s record. The film has still not been released in China, the largest market in Asia. The film will be released in China on 9 January, and we can hope for a sudden surge in Star Wars box office takings worldwide.
The Force Awakens is the first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, which is being shot by Disney and LucasFilm. The original trilogy includes “A New Hope (1977)”, “The Empire Strikes Back (1980)” and “The Return of the Jedi (1989)”. After that Star Wars became a global phenomenon and people were just crazy about the film. Later in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Star Wars came to the cinema with the prequels The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005). Although the new films did not make the fans happy, they earned millions of dollars at the box office. The combined box office receipts of Star Wars were $4.38 billon. Star Wars has a very special place in American history: it is not just a movement, it is part of their culture.
Star Wars Office Website also thanked the fans who helped them make history: “We are proud of these records, but know that they would not be possible without fans’ enthusiasm and continued support. We feel it here and it drives us every day, and it will continue to in the very bright future of Star Wars. There has indeed been an awakening — and it’s all thanks to you.”