TAKING RM6.8 billion at the box office since its release on December 18, the seventh episode in the Star Wars story has overtaken Furious 7and Avengers: Age of Ultronto become the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time.
As of this week, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is shaking things up in the rankings for all-time global box-office hits. The JJ Abrams film is still playing in movie theaters, but has already grossed more than the seventh Fast and Furious movie, Furious 7 (RM6.65 billion), and the follow-up to ‘The Avengers’, Avengers: Age of Ultron (RM6.7 billion), both of which were also released in 2015.
Another of last year’s huge hits, Jurassic World, is still hanging on to its spot at number three, grossing RM7.36 billion, even if Finn and Rey — the new star characters of the latest Star Wars — aren’t far behind.
However, The Force Awakens is still some way behind record-holders Titanic and Avatar, which remain the world’s two highest ever grossing movies, taking RM9.25 billion and RM12.28 billion respectivel
In the US, ‘The Force Awakens’ has edged past James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster. With box-office takings at RM3.3 billion, Star Wars is now the highest-grossing movie of all time in the US, ahead of Avatar with RM3.303 billion.
In spite of the film’s huge success in the UK (RM647.28 million), the return of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia is yet to match Skyfall, which remains the UK’s highest-grossing movie of all time at RM709.41 million.
The Force Awakens has also proved a hit in Germany, France, Japan, Australia, Spain, Italy, Mexico, South Korea, Russia, and Brazil.
It’s slated for release in China on January 9.