Star Wars Soars Past $1bn At Record Pace


Star Wars: The Force Awakens has taken $1bn at the box office in record time.Walt Disney’s juggernaut crossed the mark in just 12 days – beating Jurassic World, which took 13 days to accomplish the feat over the summer.

Star Wars Soars Past $1bn

Jurassic World also had the benefit of record box office receipts in China.

The Force Awakens is not set to open in China – the world’s second-largest movie market – until 9 January.

The seventh instalment of the popular franchise also posted the biggest Christmas Day box office taking in US history with $49.3m and the best second weekend draw after taking an estimated $150m.

The record-setting film scored the biggest worldwide box office debut with $529m.

Meanwhile, Daddy’s Home, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, managed to take in $35m over the holiday weekend.

Joy, which reunites Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, debuted at $17.5m after opening in less than 2,900 theatres across the US. At the other end of the spectrum, Point Break, a $105m remake of the 1991 Kathryn Bigelow cult favourite, took just $10.2m at the box office.

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