“Star Wars” Becomes Third-Largest Grossing Film Ever

By Staff  |  01/11/2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens held onto the top spot at the box office for the fourth weekend in a row, beating out Leonardo DiCaprio's critically acclaimed film, The Revenant, while also becoming the third-largest grossing movie in the world ever.

The Force Awakens earned $41.6 million this weekend, while adding $104.3 million overseas, led by a record-breaking opening in China. In the U.S. and Canada, it's the biggest movie ever and the first to pass $800 million with $812 million so far. Globally, it's total stands at $1.73 billion, passing Jurassic World's $1.67 billion.

While Star Wars is closing in on $1 billion in North America and billion worldwide, topping Avatar's $2.8 million global record could be difficult.

DiCaprio's The Revenant lands in second with $38 million; Daddy's Home ($15 million) comes in third; Natalie Dormer's horror newcomer The Forest ($13.1 million) debuted in fourth; and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Sisters ($7.2 millon) closes out the top 5.

That's a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of Michael Bay's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, the animated Norm of the North, and Ride Along 2.

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," $41.6 million.
2. "The Revenant," $38 million.
3. "Daddy's Home," $15 million.
4. "The Forest," $13 million.
5. "Sisters," $7.1 million.
6. "The Hateful Eight," $6.3 million.
7. "The Big Short," $6.3 million.
8. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip," $5.5 million.
9. "Joy," $4.5 million.
10. "Concussion," $3 million.