Ever since it was released (and even before that), it wasn’t a question of whether or not Star Wars: The Force Awakens would surpass Avatar to become the No. 1 box office hit in North American history, but rather a question of when.

The answer is Day 20.

Not accounting for inflation, The Force Awakens has made $758.2 million domestically before Wednesday, when it will officially top the $760.5 million that James Cameron’s Avatar earned in 2009-2010. Avatar’s number also includes roughly $10 million that it earned during a re-release later that year.

Both films are the only to ever surpass the $700 million mark in North America.


While that’s an impressive feat (“Most impressive,” says Darth Vader), Awakens still has a ways to go to top Avatar’s global box office numbers. Avatar took in $2.78 billion worldwide during it’s run. So far, the new Star Wars film is “only” at $799.1 million, which is still good for No. 4 all-time. The film also has yet to come out in China, which will affect numbers dramatically.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, experts are pegging the final tally to end up around $2.2 billion-$2.4 billion worldwide, which would be good for No. 2 all-time, ahead of Cameron’s Titanic ($2.19 billion).

[The Hollywood Reporter]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.