Star Wars: The Force Awakens has passed the $600 million mark at the domestic box office in record time. But that’s frankly underselling it. The Walt Disney blockbuster became the fifth film to cross the once-fabled milestone, not adjusting for inflation/3D/IMAX/etc., doing so in just twelve days. For the record, the other five such films were Titanic (252 days), Avatar (47 days), The Avengers (54 days), and Jurassic World (36 days). So yeah, the new land speed record holder just broke the mark three times faster than any prior movie.
It is remains the fifth biggest grossing movie of all time in America, with just a day (or two at worst) to go before surpassing the $623m gross of The Avengers. After that, it’s last summer’s dino sequel ($652m), Titanic ($658m), and Avatar ($761m). The film earned a terrific $29.5 million yesterday, just enough to crack the milestone which represents a mere 5% drop from yesterday. Not only has it become the biggest-grossing Star Wars movie in America as of last weekend, but its current $600.9m domestic total (just past the original 1997 $600.7m release of Titanic) has easily trumped the adjusted-for-inflation totals of Attack of the Clones ($445m) and Revenge of the Sith ($494m).
Next up on that score is the “adjusted” gross (including a bunch of re-releases) for The Empire Strikes Back ($784 million) and Return of the Jedi ($818m). I would presume the original Star Wars ($1.4 billion) is way out of reach, but it’s going to get a lot closer than I would have predicted even a month ago. Speaking of “adjusted for inflation,” it currently ranks at 33rd on said “adjusted for inflation” list, between Ghostbusters ($593m) and the original animated Sleeping Beauty ($606m). If it makes it to, oh, $850m, it will have sold more tickets than all but eleven prior films in history.