Star Wars: The Force Awakens dethrones Avatar as top film of all time in US

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has dethroned Avatar as the top film of all time in North America, according to Disney.

The latest installment in the sci-fi saga surpassed the $760.5m milestone achieved by Avatar across the US on Wednesday, January 6th.

However, James Cameron’s 2009 title, Avatar still holds the global sales record with just under $2.8bn.

Last month, Star Wars: The Force Awakens became the fastest film to take $1bn at the global box office, the film also scored the biggest US Christmas Day box office taking in history with $49.3m.

The JJ Abrams directed movie also smashed the record for the biggest box office debut weekend globally, with ticket sales of $529m.

The seventh film in the Star Wars catalogue is due to open in China on Saturday, January 9th, which according to analysts, will give the film another significant boost.

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