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Star Wars: The Force Awakens races past $1 billion in record time

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Story by Jack Foley

STAR Wars: The Force Awakens has shot past the £1 billion mark in just 12 days.

The landmark was reached a day earlier than the previous movie to reach $1bn – Universal’s Jurassic World, which did it in 13 days in June.

However, Jurassic World also benefitted from record grosses in China, unlike The Force Awakens which doesn’t open in the world’s second largest movie market until January 9 owing to that country’s policy of only allowing home-made films to open in December.

JJ Abrams’ Star Wars revival also posted the biggest Christmas Day box office in history with $49.3m and the best second weekend earnings with $153.5m in the US.

Commenting on the film’s electrifying box office performance globally, where it has also set records in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe, Paul Dergarabedian, from box office analyst Rentrak, said: “You almost have to rewrite all the record books for this movie.

“It’s absolutely mind-blowing that Star Wars could get to a billion dollars in 12 days and it hasn’t even opened in China, the second-biggest movie market in the world.”

He went on to say that the success of Star Wars was not only a boost to box office coffers, but also to the entire filmmaking industry, allowing for more movies to get green-lit. It also helps to dispel recent fears that the popularity of going to the cinema was starting to decline.

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