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Now, when was released back in December 2015, it was a widely accepted truth that it would make a vast sum of money at the box office. This was the return of the franchise, after all — the question wasn't one of whether it'd make good money, but of just how many billions it would rake in. In the end, it managed a strikingly gigantic $936.7 million domestic haul, as part of a worldwide total of $2.06 billion. Which, of course, made it far and away the biggest box office success of 2015, seeing as that's the highest domestic box office total ever, and the third largest global tally of all time.

Intriguingly, though...

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Just Pulled Off Another Huge Box Office Surprise

'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens' [Lucasfilm]
'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens' [Lucasfilm]

Y'see, while everyone has been focusing on 's remarkable box office success — it's not quite pulling in numbers, but looks set to easily hit a billion worldwide — The Force Awakens has been quietly pulling off a distinctly remarkable box office feat. Specifically, it just made the list of the top 10 top-grossing movies... of 2016.

The year after it was released.

Now, of course, with The Force Awakens having arrived on December 18, 2015, it always seemed likely that a chunk of its gross would carry over into 2016, but with the vast majority of a movie's earnings typically coming in the first two weeks of release, it seemed unlikely to be a gigantic proportion of the final total. As it turns out, though...

'The Force Awakens' Made $284 Million Domestically In 2016 Alone

'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens' [Lucasfilm]
'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens' [Lucasfilm]

Which, sure, is only 30% of the film's total domestic gross, but still remains enough to earn it a place in the top 10 highest grossing movies of 2016, beating 's $230 million haul by a substantial margin, and coming close to matching both and 's $325 and $330 million totals. In other words? The Force Awakens made so much money in 2016 that it would have turned a comfortable (albeit small) profit, even if its first two weeks of release hadn't happened.

Which is actually really quite remarkable, especially when you recall the debate over whether or not Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice should be considered a success or not for earning roughly the same amount of money as The Force Awakens' tail end.

The folks over at Disney, it seems, have one more thing to celebrate about 2016 — not least because comes out in just 12 short months.

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