Disney: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ zooms into U.S. box office history as highest-grossing film ever

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NEW YORK — The Na’vi were no match for the Force.

With Wednesday’s box office totals, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” zoomed past 2009’s “Avatar” to become the highest-grossing film in North American history, according to Disney.

The latest episode of “The Force Awakens” had grossed $758.2 million through Tuesday, a relative handful of tickets away from breaking the $760.5 million mark set by “Avatar.”

“This afternoon, with early box office results in, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ became the highest grossing film of all time in the domestic market,” Disney said in a statement.

It did not release a figure and box office totals may not be available until Thursday.

Disney noted that the “Avatar” figure came over the life of the film, while “The Force Awakens” broke the record in just 20 days.

“The Force Awakens” has broken record on top of record since opening in mid-December. What’s really remarkable about the film’s box office haul is how quickly Han, Luke, and Leia have blasted through the record books.

The film now sets it sights on growing its totals around the world where it has so far made $1.55 billion, which already places at #4 on the all-time global list.

And that’s without the second biggest movie market in the world, China. The sci-fi epic opens there this weekend.

If “The Force Awakens” takes off in China, it could have a shot at taking the title of highest-grossing worldwide film ever, a title also held by “Avatar.”

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