After registering the largest second weekend box office earnings of all time with $153.5 million, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has now become the fastest film to cross the 10-figure mark worldwide. After 12 days, it has grossed $544 million in the domestic box office and $546 million in the international ticket circuits for a total of $1.09 billion in just 12 days.
Box Office Mojo reports that the number trumps the previous record held by 2015’s “Jurassic World,” which made $1 billion in 13 days. It also easily beat out that film’s second weekend gross by a massive $46.9 million.
At the rate the sales is coming in, the seventh film in the “Star Wars” series is predicted to become the highest-grossing film in the domestic box office as it only has $215.9 million more to go to beat the current record held by “Avatar” with $760.5 million.
The total of “The Force Awakens,” along with decent outcomes from “Joy,” “Concussion,” “Point Break” and “Daddy’s Home,” helps the weekend become the second highest weekend of all time with $285 million after last week’s stellar $305.5 million finish.
Coming in at second place is the comedy “Daddy’s Home,” starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, which exceeded expectations with $38.8 million.
“Joy,” the third David O. Russell-Jennifer Lawrence-Bradley Cooper collaboration, scored $17.5 million and ended up in third place. Despite the middling reviews it currently sits at 58 percent in Rotten Tomatoes the cast’s solid performances are included in Oscar buzz including Lawrence’s turn as Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop, mentioned by Indiewire as one of the favorites.
The Will Smith-starring “Concussion” grossed $11 million while the expansion of “The Big Short,” which includes Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt in the cast, to wide release this week gave it $10.5 million.
Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” meanwhile, earned a total of $4.5 million in limited release in 100 screens (The Hollywood Reporter reveals that most of the theaters were sold out), denoting a $45,366 per theater average.