Disney’s space fantasy epic is expected to hit $900 million in U.S. box office on Friday
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is expected to cross the $2 billion worldwide mark on Saturday, becoming only the third film to ever do so.
It will also likely hit the $900 million mark at the domestic box office — the only film in history to reach that milestone.
“This is a historic moment for ‘Star Wars,’ for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ such an extraordinary success,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “The film’s achievements are truly astounding, and it’s our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the ‘Star Wars’ legacy alive for many years to come.”
Through Feb. 4, the seventh installment in the “Star Wars” franchise has earned $899.1 million domestically and $1 billion internationally, for a worldwide total of $1.9 billion. “The Force Awakens” opened on Dec. 18 to the all-time biggest global and domestic debuts with $528.9 million and $247.9 million, respectively.
It has also broken the record for the fastest film to reach $1 billion globally (12 days), and is now the biggest film of all time in the United States and the United Kingdom.
“Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be released on Dec. 15, 2017. “Rogue One,” a new movie which will detail events prior to “A New Hope,” will debut on Dec. 16, 2016.