Star Wars: The Force Awakens has steadily knocked down one box-office record after another, and the film shows no signs of slowing. We speculated that Star Wars would pass up the record for biggest opening weekend, held by Jurassic World, and sure enough, it passed the dinosaurs by about $39 million domestically.
But it hasn’t stopped there. Since its debut, The Force Awakens has smashed the records for largest opening night and the largest single day gross for any Friday, Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday. And now, it has set another record with its Christmas Day gross.
According to Variety, Star Wars brought in at least $40 million in domestic box office on Christmas, and Box Office Mojo reports nearly $50 million ($49,344,000 to be exact). That’s more than double the previous record, held by Sherlock Holmes (starring Robert Downey Jr.), which was released on Christmas Day and received $24.6 million. Avatar, currently the highest-grossing film of all time, has the third highest record for Christmas at just over $23 million. If The Force Awakens can keep up this momentum, it could very well become the highest-grossing film of all time.
Star Wars already has the highest opening weekend box-office record. The next record to break is for the highest box office on the second weekend. This record is currently held by Jurassic World at $106.5 million, a number that is definitely within reach for Star Wars.
Of course, the big question is: Can Star Wars topple Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time? Avatar didn’t start out as wildly successful as Star Wars, but it generated a lot of word-of-mouth and continued to enjoy success for many weeks. So far, Star Wars has also shown similar levels of sustainability. The Force Awakens was highly anticipated, but it helps that it’s actually a good film as well, with a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With that in mind, it may very well pass up Avatar’s record. Plus, there are no other big films to displace The Force Awakens as the reigning box-office champion until March with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. So chances are, Star Wars will continue to have lasting success for quite some time.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is now in theaters, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.