With a domestic box office total of almost 816 million dollars, plus the same and more overseas, it’s safe to say The Force Awakens is a box office hit. It’s been earning what experts are calling a “Jabba-load of money.” As of January seventh, it’s the highest-grossing domestic release of all time — eclipsing both James Cameron’s Avatar, and … James Cameron’s Titanic.
Of course, those numbers are before being adjusted for inflation. After, however, The Force Awakens falls all the way to fifteenth! Avatar, the only movie higher on the list released in the new millennium, is fourteeth. The first Star Wars movie is second, with over 1.5 billion adjusted. Number one? Gone with the Wind, at 1.739 billion. In the foreign market, The Force Awakens is all the way down at sixth … behind Avatar, Titanic, Furious 7 (of all things), Jurassic World, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
These are good numbers! We’re happy, the actors are happy, Abrams are happy, and Buena Vista is happy. They aren’t breaking records, save the domestic gross, but guess what? All of these multiple-million dollar numbers are after only three and a half weeks! Gone with the Wind has had what … eighty years to earn all that money? Avatar was in theaters for about thirty-four weeks — how long will The Force Awakens be in theaters? It opened in China only a week ago, and has already grossed more than sixty-five million dollars!
The point of all this is yes — it’s clear The Force Awakens is headed for box office glory, but it won’t be an easy road. The top five movies on the adjusted for inflation list (Gone with the Wind, Star Wars IV, The Sound of Music, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and Titanic) all have huge numbers thanks to inflation. Dethroning one of them — not even Avatar could manage it — could prove to be impossible.
But perhaps it will happen some day. For now, thanks for reading! Come back next week for more fun fan Star Wars information.