STAR WARS: The Force Awakens is on track to surpass Avatar as the worldwide highest-grossing film of all-time, according to the latest reports.
The sci-fi blockbuster weighed in with a stellar opening release in cinemas last week, bringing in $610.8 million (RM2.6 billion) as of December 21.
By comparison, James Cameron’s “Avatar” grossed (RM329 million) when it hit theaters in 2009, cashing in $2.78 billion (RM12 billion) overall since its debut.
So far, those figures suggest that Star Wars has already amassed 22% of the RM12 billion final gross reached by Avatar – so it could potentially top Cameron’s record-breaking film by the time it leaves the big screen – and it hasn’t even hit China yet.
Speaking to Variety on the subject, leading box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Rentrak said: “Given the incredible current box office trajectory and the overwhelmingly positive response to the film, a expected phenomenal second weekend and with China yet to come in January, if any film has a chance to break into the $2 billion club and have the potential to become the highest grossing film of all-time globally, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is that film.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release in China next month.