ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

In the few weeks since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams's science fiction juggernaut has been smashing box office records.

Boasting a whopping $1.734 billion worldwide to date, The Force Awakens is currently the highest-grossing release of 2015, the biggest domestic opening of all time, and the highest-grossing film released by Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm. However, it looks like it won't be able to reel in enough international revenue to become the biggest opening of all time.

At the moment, the one box office milestone Star Wars: The Force Awakens has yet to snag is the coveted spot as the highest grossing film of all time. Despite being one of the most talked about movies in recent memory, it seems like the hype may not be enough to bump Avatar from the throne.

Avatar still holds the title of highest-grossing film

After its massive success in the United States, the film's ability to topple James Cameron's two successes, Titanic and Avatar, all came down to China this past weekend.

Despite taking the title of the biggest Chinese Saturday opening ever and adding $33 million to its figures, it doesn't seem to be enough to give it the boost necessary to overthrow either of James Cameron's titles.

Why can't 'The Force Awakens' compete?

So what is it about Avatar that makes it so hard for other movies to compete? Although it didn't have the fanbase that The Force Awakens does, anyone who was able to experience Avatar in IMAX or 3D knows the incredible and unparalleled experience it created.

Considering tickets for both enhanced theater experiences cost up to double a regular movie ticket, it makes sense that would impact the final box office figures. Also, unlike Avatar, it didn't help matters much that Abrams made sure people knew The Force Awakens wasn't made specifically to be enjoyed in 3D.

While we didn't need IMAX or 3D to have fun watching Avatar, anyone who saw the movie in both formats knows just how different the experiences ending up being. Avatar was able to be completely of its time and designed a brand new world that audiences could fully immerse themselves in.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens might be sitting comfortably in third place, but there's still some time to catch up. After all, I expect the movie will have a fairly long run in theaters. And in any case, third places isn't so bad!

(Source: BoxOfficeMojo)


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