Everyone knew that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was going to be a box office juggernaut, but in just 20 days the movie now has the title of highest-grossing film in US history.
Domestic totals for The Force Awakens have surpassed $760.5 million, the mark set by Avatar.
The official Star Wars site has issued this statement:
“[T]hanks to fans new and old, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now the highest grossing film of all-time at the domestic box office, surpassing Avatar’s $760.50 million record in just 20 days. The movie also 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), among many others.”
— Star Wars (@starwars) January 2, 2016
“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.”
The Hollywood Reporter notes that The Force Awakens still has a long way to go to break Avatar‘s international totals.
Adjusting for inflation, however, The Force Awakens doesn’t actually hold the domestic box office record. It’s in 21st place.
But that’s likely to change.