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Star Wars: The Force Awakens box office sets Christmas Day record

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Thanks to the record-smashing success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Mouse House entered lightspeed at the box office. As the film’s second week in U.S. theaters begins, Disney announced its earnings have surpassed $2 billion domestically. 

On Christmas Day, Star Wars raked in another $49.3 million domestically and $27.5 million internationally, yielding a global Christmas Day total of $76.8 million. This now brings the total global earnings for The Force Awakens to $890.3 million ($440.4 million).  

And with another day comes another record broken. Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes previously held the record for highest-grossing Christmas Day domestic release with $24.6 million, which was even higher than Avatar‘s earnings ($23.1 million). The Force Awakens earned more than twice that amount.   

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Joy and Daddy’s Home, two other Christmas Day releases, also made impressive debuts, considering ticket sales for the holiday aren’t typically eye-popping. The Will Ferrell-led comedy opened in second place with $15.7 million domestic, while David O. Russell’s latest J-Law team-up scored third with $6.9 million domestic. 

These results put Star Wars on track to cross into the $1 billion threshold by the end of the coming week. Rentrak also noted this holiday weekend is poised to become the largest on record for the North American box office.