New ‘Star Wars’ film hits $1bn at box office, smashes Christmas Day record

Actors dressed as Stormtroopers and Darth Vader pose for photographers upon arrival at the European premiere of the film 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens ' in London, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. (AP)

The new “Star Wars” film has passed the $1 billion mark in global box office sales in a record time, Disney said Sunday.

“The Force Awakens” has posted an estimated $545 million in ticket sales in North America and $546 million internationally, in the 12 days since first hitting screens worldwide, a statement said.

The film has received mostly glowing reviews, and is being credited with breathing new life into the Hollywood juggernaut franchise launched by creator George Lucas in 1977.

It had already set a number of other box office records - highest-grossing domestic opening night, biggest domestic single-day sales and biggest global opening weekend.

The previous record was held by “Jurassic World,” which took 13 days to reach the milestone.

The highly anticipated seventh installment in the blockbuster space saga has received mostly glowing reviews, and is being credited with breathing new life into the juggernaut Hollywood franchise launched by creator George Lucas in 1977.

In North America, Disney said “The Force Awakens” is already the second biggest grossing movie of 2015 and the number five of all time, posting record Christmas Day box office sales of $49.3 million.

International results exclude China, where the film is only due to open January 9.

 

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