‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ to cross $900 million, $2 billion globally

The Walt Disney Company announced today that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit $900 million at the domestic box office. It will also reach $2 billion worldwide.

The Force Awakens, which has been in theaters for 50 days, is the only film domestically ever to pass $800 million. It has left Avatar, which grossed $760 million in 2009 and 2010, in the dust.

Globally, The Force Awakens will hit $2 billion by tomorrow. It will still be behind Avatar, which made $2.7 billion worldwide. It does stand a chance to pass Titanic, though. Thanks to its 3D re-release, Titanic has grossed $2.2 billion.

“This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made Star Wars: The Force Awakens such an extraordinary success,” Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement. “The film’s achievements are truly astounding, and it’s our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the Star Wars legacy alive for many years to come.”

The Force Awakens was directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams and Michael Arndt. The film is up for five Oscars.

The next Star Wars episode opens on Dec. 15, 2017. The first Star Wars anthology movie, Rogue One, opens on Dec. 16, 2016.

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