Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Overtakes Avatar at the Domestic Box Office

Ever since Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (read our review here) was released in theaters, the big question has been whether it will overtake Avatar as the highest grossing film of all time. Right now, Avatar stands at $2.8 billion dollars, which is a tall order for any movie to reach. But if any film was going to come close, it would be The Force Awakens. The positive reviews mixed with the nostalgia factor could be enough to propel the movie to the top spot. However, it's worldwide box office eventual standing is still unknown. As of right now, it stands at fourth place with $1.56 billion. But what is now known is where The Force Awakens stands at the domestically, and that is at number one. 

The Force Awakens has overtaken Avatar domestically for top spot, having now made $758 million. This is a massive success for the film, and if it can't beat Avatar at the worldwide box office, it can at least have this victory. The Force Awakens looks as if it could be on track to make $1 billion in just the United States alone, which would be a crowning achievement. Back in November, back when The Force Awakens's numbers were up in the air, I wrote an editorial discussing how much the film could actually end up making, which you can read here. And so far, everything I said in the article has come true. It demolished December records, but whether it can beat Avatar's $2.8 billion is still unknown. I think it will undoubtedly cross $2 billion, but it still needs to make another $800 million after that to even be on par with Avatar, let alone overtake it. There is definitely a possibility it could happen, and these domestic numbers are really telling, but there is just no way to know confidently what will happen. We also have to keep in mind, it's only been three weeks, and the film has made $1.5 billion dollars. Imagine where it could be in three months! Maybe at the top of the worldwide box office?

What do you think? Are you glad Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens beat Avatar at the domestic box office? Can it beat Avatar at the worldwide box office? Did you like The Force Awakens? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate
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