Star Wars: The Force Awakens May Pass $2 Billion Worldwide This Week

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Revered Hollywood trade publication Variety is projecting that Star Wars: The Force Awakens could pass $1 billion at the worldwide box office by the end of the week.

The film, which generated a little shy of $11 million at the domestic box office this weekend and $12.6 million at the international box office, has now raised $1.09 billion internationally and $895 million in North America.

At current rates, the movie will become only the third film ever to surpass the $2 billion mark sometime this week. Ahead of it will be James Cameron's blockbusters Titanic ($2.19 billion) and Avatar ($2.78 billion). It seems pretty plausible the film can catch Titanic before its box office run is wrapped, although topping Avatar at this point seems like a stretch.

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.

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.