Star Wars: The Force Awakens Marches On with Strong Second Monday

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now the proud owner of the two biggest Mondays at the domestic box office in history. After setting the record last week, the film's second Monday is at an estimated $31.4 million, again beating the old record of Spider-Man 2's, and taking the second spot all time.

The strong second Monday puts The Force Awakens on pace for $600 million in the next couple of days (it's at $571.4 million total domestic currently), and should hit $700 million over the second holiday weekend in a row for the film, its third weekend in theaters. It's already the fifth-highest domestic gross of all time, and would be only the fifth film to ever hit $600 million, and only the second to ever hit $700 million in the domestic market.

Avatar's domestic gross record of $760.5 million, held since 2009, seems well within reach for Star Wars: The Force Awakens now, ready to be tallied up to the ever-growing list of records for the Lucasfilm juggernaut. The foreign tally of $2.02 billion and worldwide total, then, of $2.79 billion, though, will be a tough one to catch. While Star Wars international numbers have stayed on pace with domestic with China yet to open (January 9, 2016 debut in the world's second largest film market), it would need a significant push and staying power to reach those heights.