Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now officially a member of the top five biggest movies of all time on a global scale, The Hollywood Reporter says. The seventh Star Wars has made $1.54 billion worldwide, edging out Furious 7 ($1.52 billion) and The Avengers ($1.53 billion).
On the domestic front, The Force Awakens has comfortably sat in the top five since just before New Year's, having again pushed out The Avengers to join the ranks.
In the U.S. alone, The Force Awakens has generated more than $742 million at the box office, good enough for the second-place spot on the domestic grossers chart. There remains but one bar to clear for the film, worldwide and in its home country: Avatar, which retains the title of highest-grossing film of all time around the world.
It seems like a done deal at this point that The Force Awakens will best James Cameron's massive movie stateside; Avatar made $760 million here, and analysts peg the new Star Wars to overtake that total within the week. Less of a certainty is whether The Force Awakens can match or surpass Avatar's global numbers, however. That film made $2.78 billion after its long stint in theaters.
Considering The Force Awakens has set all of its records with blazing speed and without the benefit of a release in China to add to its intake, however, it would be unwise to count the film out quite yet. Either way, Hollywood's happy — thanks to films like The Force Awakens and fellow top 10 members Jurassic World and Furious 7, 2015 was the biggest year at the box office on record.