Star Wars: The Force Awakens On Pace To Pass Avatar As Highest Grossing Movie Ever

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To the surprise of no one, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on pace to surpass Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters December 18, 2015, kicking off a new trilogy of Saga films as Episodes VIII and IX are already scheduled. The film garnered a record $247 million at the domestic box office and $529 million globally in its opening weekend.

Of course, this is hardly the first movie to get off to an explosive start; both Marvel's The Avengers and Jurassic World were, at one point, in the discussion to surpass Avatar. James Cameron's fantasy epic actually opened slower than many of the highest-grossing films behind it on the list, but had long legs and awards buzz benefited it, giving it a new life long after its opening weekend. The trick, then, is to sustain the unprecedented success Star Wars is seeing so far long enough to make a "win" inevitable.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.