Los Angeles: Star Wars: The Force Awakens” showed few signs of flagging over Christmas weekend, barreling past the $1 billion mark globally at a faster clip than any film in history.
It’s becoming old hat to recount the various ways that the seventh film in the science-fiction fantasy is vaporizing records, but, familiar or not, “The Force Awakens” once again ground down high-water marks over the holidays, racking up $153.5 million domestically.
That represents both the biggest Christmas holiday result and the best second weekend for a film in history. Domestically, “The Force Awakens” has grossed a mammoth $544.6 million. Worldwide that figure is nearly $1.1 billion.
The three-day holiday frame should also rank as biggest Christmas weekend overall in history beating the $269.8 million in 2009, which saw the launch of “Sherlock Holmes” and the second weekend of “Avatar,” the box office titan that “The Force Awakens” hopes to surpass as the highest-grossing film in history.
Despite the furor surrounding the return of the Jedi, a few films managed to score with yuletide ticket buyers. Paramount reunited “The Other Guys” stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in the comedy “Daddy’s Home” with strong results.
The look at a stepfather’s attempts to outshine his wife’s stud of a first husband, came in second with a strong $35 million from 3,271 theaters. That was far above projections which had the picture opening in the $20 million range. “Daddy’s Home” carries a $50 million budget.