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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is North Americas all-time No. 1 movie

You rarely read about box office records remaining pristinely preserved, so you can probably guess where this story is going. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has chosen Wednesday to break the earnings record for North American theaters - according to Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) it was hovering at $758.2 million on Tuesday, and with an additional day should surpass James Cameron’s Avatar once every last penny is counted.

That’s just a figure of speech, by the way - the people working in the literal box office won’t take kindly to accepting a hefty bag of pennies for your fourth viewing.

Sparking with laser-guided nostalgia upon its opening on December 18 and now dashing past the $760.5 million earned by Avatar, Star Wars: The Force Awakens still has a long way to win over the entire globe.

With around $1.5 billion earned worldwide, Disney’s extravagant Star Wars remix is now in fourth place below the nostalgic movie about dinosaurs, the nostalgic movie about the worst big boat, and Avatar, a movie which we as Planet Earth gave $2.78 billion.

Directed by JJ Abrams and starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out in cinemas now. You probably just watched it.

Ludwig Kietzmann is a veteran video game journalist and former U.S. Editor-in-Chief for GamesRadar+. Before he held that position, Ludwig worked for sites like Engadget and Joystiq, helping to craft news and feature coverage. Ludwig left journalism behind in 2016 and is now an editorial director at Assembly Media, helping to oversee editorial strategy and media relations for Xbox.