'Star Wars' fans raise their lightsabers in Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., on Dec. 18, 2015.
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By Mark Rivett-Carnac
January 7, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke a new record Wednesday. The seventh installment in the space saga became the highest-grossing film in North America, shooting past Avatar’s $760.5 million lifetime domestic haul in just 20 days.

Since its Dec. 18 debut in the U.S. and Canada, the movie crushed a series of records, according to a Disney press release. It was the fastest film to reach $100 million, doing so in 21 hours. It also pulled in the biggest opening week at $391 million.

But one title still eludes The Force Awakens: the highest-grossing film of all time. Its current $1.5 billion global haul is short of Avatar’s record-setting $2.8 billion, according to Variety. But those rankings might change after Jan. 9 when the new Star Wars film opens in China, the world’s second largest movie market.

And Disney has more in store for the franchise it bought from Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012. The studio plans to release one movie a year for the next five years.

 

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