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Looks like the $800 million global mark only had enough time to sit down and have a quick cup of coffee with The Force Awakens and not much more. We learn via The Hollywood Reporter that the film has passed this mark with an $813 million haul thus far.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens saw its North American cume rise to $391.1 million on Christmas Eve, passing up the $380.3 million earned in 2005 by Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of Sith.
That means J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster has now earned more domestically than both Episode III and Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones ($310.7 million) in less than a week in release, not accounting for inflation. And it’s already surpassed the entire global gross of Attack of the Clones in 2002 ($649.4 million). Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace grossed $430 million domestically in 1999 and $1 billion worldwide.
Moviegoing always dips on Christmas Eve day, and this year was no exception. Force Awakens saw its lowest midweek gross, or $27.6 million. Still, that’s a hearty number. Overseas, the Disney and Lucasfilm tentpole took in $20 million Thursday for a worldwide total of $813.5 million, the No. 3 film of the year.
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