“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Is Now The Highest Grossing U.S. Movie Of All Time

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After only 20 days, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has become the highest grossing domestic film of all time. We do not have the official numbers, but as of Tuesday, “The Force Awakens” brought in $8 million bringing its Domestic Total to $758.2 million. “Avatar’s” domestic gross is $760 million and early estimates show that “The Force Awakens” will pass that amount today (Wednesday).

The below chart is provided by Box Office Mojo. It does not reflect Wednesday’s numbers but should give you an idea where “The Force Awakens” stands in the top ten and after Wednesday’s numbers are tallied, it should have an estimated domestic gross of over $760 million.

DOMESTIC GROSSES

Rank Title(click to view) Studio Lifetime Gross Year^
1 Avatar Fox $760,507,625 2009^
2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens BV $758,198,252 2015
3 Titanic Par. $658,672,302 1997^
4 Jurassic World Uni. $652,270,625 2015
5 Marvel’s The Avengers BV $623,357,910 2012
6 The Dark Knight WB $534,858,444 2008^
7 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Fox $474,544,677 1999^
8 Star Wars Fox $460,998,007 1977^
9 Avengers: Age of Ultron BV $459,005,868 2015
10 The Dark Knight Rises WB $448,139,099 2012

For those interested in the World Wide Highest Grossing Movies Of All Time, the below chart provided by Box Office Mojo will give you some idea. “The Force Awakens” still has not opened in China but it will this Friday. China provided and additional $204 million to “Avatar’s” gross, so we can expect “The Force Awakens” to either match or exceed that amount. Again these numbers do not reflect Wednesday’s final numbers.

Do you think “The Force Awakens” will top “Avatar” worldwide?

WORLDWIDE GROSSES

Rank Title Studio Worldwide Domestic / % Overseas / % Year^
1 Avatar Fox $2,788.0 $760.5 27.3% $2,027.5 72.7% 2009^
2 Titanic Par. $2,186.8 $658.7 30.1% $1,528.1 69.9% 1997^
3 Jurassic World Uni. $1,669.0 $652.3 39.1% $1,016.7 60.9% 2015
4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens BV $1,557.3 $758.2 48.7% $799.1 51.3% 2015
5 Marvel’s The Avengers BV $1,519.6 $623.4 41.0% $896.2 59.0% 2012
6 Furious 7 Uni. $1,515.0 $353.0 23.3% $1,162.0 76.7% 2015
7 Avengers: Age of Ultron BV $1,405.0 $459.0 32.7% $946.0 67.3% 2015
8 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 WB $1,341.5 $381.0 28.4% $960.5 71.6% 2011
9 Frozen BV $1,276.5 $400.7 31.4% $875.7 68.6% 2013
10 Iron Man 3 BV $1,215.4 $409.0 33.7% $806.4 66.3% 2013

Source: Box Office Mojo, The Hollywood Reporter

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  • I’m surprised, yet not surprised, that they were able to accomplish this feat with the “copy-paste” method. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the film, but TFA is ANH.

    If you couldn’t figure this out for yourself, watch this video on YT:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdDVWh-1loU

    It’s unfortunate that they could not come up with something more original, but at the end of the day us nerds proved that it’s ok. Should we expect VIII to be a copy of V? We’ll see.
    Honestly, at this point in time, I’m more excited for Rogue One that I am in seeing Episode VIII. Rogue One will more than likely copy some military films, but it will no doubt not copy an existing SW movie.

    • Even before I saw TFA, I was worried that it was going to be a carbon copy of A New Hope. I could see that with all of the trailers, TV spots and from the leaks that I had read. I reviewed the movie for this site and that was my big negative that it was too familiar to A New Hope. So when I first saw the movie, I saw that. But since then, I have seen the movie three more times and I just enjoy it more and more each time. It may not have been completely original but it was a fun movie with great acting and directing. But please no more desert planets and Death Stars!

      I do agree with you that Episode 8 better not be another Empire Strikes Back. You know there is going to be training for both Rey and Kylo and at some point I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kylo donning Darth Vader’s costume. But I have faith in Rian Johnson. It’s the last one I’m worried about. Colin Trevorrow has only done Jurassic World and think that is extremely risky.

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