“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has passed “Furious 7” and “Marvel’s The Avengers” to move into the No. 4 spot on the list of top-grossing films at the global box office, Disney said Tuesday.
On Monday, it brought in $14.5 million from overseas to lift its international total to $786 million, and $8 million from North America on Monday to up its total domestic haul to $750.2 million, to draw closer to the all-time domestic record of $760.5 million set by “Avatar” in 2009.
With Monday’s grosses, the worldwide total for the J.J. Abrams-directed seventh entry in the “Star Wars” franchise is at $1.53 billion, ahead of “The Avengers” ($1.519 billion) and “Furious 7” ($1.515 billion) and behind only the lifetime global hauls of “Jurassic World” ($1.8 billion), “Titanic” ($2.2 billion) and “Avatar” ($2.8 billion).
What makes these numbers so impressive for “The Force Awakens” is that it has only been in release for 19 days.
“The Force Awakens” features Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in the key roles of Rey and Finn, along with original “Star Wars” alums Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as General Leia. “The Force Awakens” is set 30 years after the events of 1983’s “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.”
The production budget on “The Force Awakens,” from Abrams’ Bad Robot and Lucasfilm, was $200 million. Bryan Burk and Kathleen Kennedy produced along with Abrams, who shared screenwriting duties with Michael Arndt and Lawrence Kasdan. John Williams composed the score.