STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: The Top-Grossing Film in US History

It’s offcial: Star Wars: The Force Awakens has exceeded Avatar to become the top-grossing film in North America.

Today, Wednesday, January 6, 2016, the seventh film in the space opera saga surpassed Avatar’s $760.5 million lifetime gross in just 20 days of release.

“We are proud of these records, but know that they would not be possible without fans’ enthusiasm and continued support,” Disney said in a statement. “We feel it here and it drives us every day, and it will continue to in the very bright future of Star Wars. There has indeed been an awakening — and it’s all thanks to you.”

Tis massive figure does not account for inflation. When pricing increases are factored in:

Gone With the Wind remains the highest-grossing film in history with $1.7 billion, and the first Star Wars is runner-up with $1.5 billion.

The Force Awakens is 21st Place

The Force Awakens is behind classics such as The Sound of Music, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, and Titanic.

Anf Globally?

Globally, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ranks as the fourth highest-grossing pictur in history, having earned $1.5 billion worldwide.

It opens this weekend in China, the world’s second-biggest market for film. Depending on how successful it in the People’s Republic, The Force Awakens could shoot past Avatar’s” record $2.8 billion global haul.

Disney, the studio behind “The Force Awakens,” spent more than $4 billion in 2012 to purchase Lucasfilm and with it the rights to the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” franchises.

It then announced plans to release a new trilogy of films, as well as several spinoffs and prequels. Beyond its box office success, “The Force Awakens” seems to have gotten things off on the right foot.

The sequel and its director J.J. Abrams have been praised for recapturing the spirit of adventure that helped make George Lucas’ initial three films cultural touchstones for a generation of moviegoers.