‘Star Wars’ hits $1B in record time

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‘Star Wars’ hits $1B in record time

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens’’ has reached $1 billion at the box office, achieving the milestone with record-setting hyper speed.

The Walt Disney Company said “The Force Awakens’’ crossed the billion-dollar mark on Sunday, accomplishing the feat in just 12 days. The previous movie to reach $1 billion the fastest was Universal’s “Jurassic World,’’ which did it in 13 days in June. “Jurassic World’’ also had the benefit of record grosses in China. “The Force Awakens’’ doesn’t open in the world’s second-largest movie market until Jan. 9.

J.J. Abrams’ installment of “Star Wars’’ also posted the biggest Christmas Day box office in history with $49.3 million and the best second-weekend earnings with $153.5 million.

“The Force Awakens’’ has been setting records since its debut on Dec. 17. It brought in a galactic $238 million in North America over its opening weekend, besting previous record-setter “Jurassic World,’’ and set international opening-weekend records in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe. It scored the biggest worldwide debut with $529 million. It also topped $100 million in IMAX screenings in 10 days.

The power of “Star Wars’’ meant the rest of the week’s releases were competing for second place. That prize went to the Paramount comedy “Daddy’s Home,’’ which opened with $38.8 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. AP
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