Star Wars: The Force Awakens Becomes Disney’s Biggest Hit

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December 31, 2015 | 9:40pm EST

The new Star Wars sequel rang in 2016 in style by becoming Disney’s top-grossing film of all time in North America on New Year’s Eve.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens also overtook Frozen at the worldwide box office, to become the eighth biggest-grossing film of all-time.
The sci-fi blockbuster, which hit cinemas on 18 December, has now made in excess of $1.29 billion globally.
The film has also leapfrogged another Disney hit, Marvel’s The Avengers, to become the fourth most successful movie ever released in North America, thanks to a $629 million haul in just 13 days, according to figures obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
And the blockbuster doesn’t open in China – one of the world’s biggest movie markets – until 9 January.
Movie experts expect The Force Awakens to topple Avatar as the top-grossing film of all time in North America. James Cameron’s 2009 movie finished its domestic theater run with $760.5 million.