'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' overtakes 'Avatar' as highest-grossing film in US history

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” just pushed James Cameron's “Avatar” aside as the top-grossing film in North America. In just 20 days of release, the seventh installment in the space opera saga has earned more than “Avatar’s” $760.5 million lifetime gross.

From Variety:

One important caveat is that this massive haul does not account for inflation. When pricing increases are factored in, “Gone With the Wind” remains the highest-grossing film in history with $1.7 billion and the first “Star Wars” is runner-up with $1.5 billion. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is in 21st place behind classics such as “The Sound of Music,” “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial” and “Titanic.”

Globally, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ranks as the fourth highest-grossing pic in history, having earned $1.5 billion worldwide. It opens this weekend in China, the world’s second-biggest market for film. Depending on how enthusiastically it is received in the People’s Republic, “The Force Awakens” could shoot past “Avatar’s” record $2.8 billion global haul.

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  1. Does this mean that we can safely assume that it's ok to discuss spoilers openly?

    Or must we wait for those who won't yell at the screen when Rey said "14 parsecs" ?

  2. daneel says:

    Reading the article before commenting? Pfft. :slightly_smiling:

  3. "The Star Wars films aren't about good and evil. They are about merchandising."

  4. Though to be fair I have long argued that the real creative geniuses in Hollywood, the world class artists, are the accountants.

    So "did it make a profit?" well.... what do you want the answer to be?

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