Star Wars: The Force Awakens jumps to third after China debut

The seventh "Star Wars" film has become the third biggest movie of all time.
The seventh "Star Wars" film has become the third biggest movie of all time.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has surged to third place in all-time global box office receipts, overtaking Jurassic World after a blockbuster debut in China that pushed its total to US$1.73 billion (NZ$2.64b) , Disney said.

The company said the seventh installment of the Star Wars saga made an estimated US$145.9 million over the weekend, including US$53 million in China.

"China led the way as the final international market to open with an estimated two-day weekend (total) of $53M, making it the highest Sat/Sun opening of all-time there as well as the biggest industry opening Saturday of all-time," a statement from Disney said.

Disney said the China numbers put the film's global total over US$1.73 billion, behind only Avatar (US$2.79 billion) and Titanic (US$2.19 billion), both by filmmaker James Cameron.

Jurassic World had previously been number three, with US$1.67 billion in total box office receipts.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens also became the all-time highest grossing film in the North American market this week, with cumulative sales topping US$800 million for the first time ever, Disney said.


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