Star Wars Beats Revenant and DiCaprio to Remain No. 1Stephanie Stanton (Author) Published Date : Jan 11, 2016 17:30 IST
The battle to win the box office in North America was won once again by Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the fourth consecutive weekend beating The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
The latest Star Wars movie has now become the third biggest grossing movie ever, worldwide. According to estimates on Sunday, the movie earned $41.6 million across the United States and Canada, while it took in another $104.3 million internationally, which included a record setting opening in China.
It was estimated by a Disney executive that the China opening for the movie earned an incredible $53 million for the weekend. This movie for many people in China is the first episode of Star Wars they have seen.
In Canada and the U.S., the movie is now the biggest grossing ever and the first to surpass the $800 million mark with a current total of $812 million.
The movie s total worldwide now sits at an amazing $1.73 billion as it passed Jurassic World this weekend, which sold $1.67 billion during its run last year.
The film is now closing in on Titanic at No. 2 with $2.2 billion and Avatar at No. 1 with $2.8 billion.
Reaching the No. 1 spot all time is far from assured, according to experts. One media analyst said that Avatar s opening was smaller, but it kept on ringing up the box office receipts through the awards season.
That will not be assured until the Golden Globes awards that were held last night and Thursday s Oscar nominations.
The Revenant was expected to earn about $25 million in its debut but hauled in over $38 million. It is already being talked about for Oscar nominations in many categories including best director for Alejandro Inarritu and best actor for DiCaprio.
The top five for the weekend were:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars Beats Revenant and DiCaprio to Remain No. 1