Star Wars: The Force Awakens becomes fastest film to make $1 billion at box office

Star Wars: The Force Awakens becomes fastest film to make $1 billion at box office

Disney said the new instalment of the popular franchise crossed the mark over the Christmas weekend

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has reached $1 billion (£670 million) at the box office, reaching the milestone with record-setting speed.

The Walt Disney Co. said on Sunday that The Force Awakens crossed the mark over the holiday weekend. The film accomplished the feat in just 12 days. The previous movie to reach $1 billion the fastest was Universal’s Jurassic World, which did it in 13 days in June.

Jurassic World also had the benefit of record grosses in China. The Force Awakens does not open in the world’s second-largest film market until January 9.

JJ Abrams’ instalment of Star Wars also posted the biggest Christmas Day box office in history with $49.3 million and the best second-weekend take with an estimated $150 million.

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