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"The Force Awakens" Passes "Avatar" As Highest-Grossing Film At Domestic Box Office

But adjusting for ticket price inflation, the top spot is still far, far away for the seventh Star Wars film. (Updated with box office figures for The Force Awakens.)

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With unprecedented speed and magnitude, Star Wars: The Force Awakens surpassed Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time at the domestic box office late Wednesday with an estimated $764.4 million in total grosses, according to Disney.


In fact, the seventh film in the Star Wars saga reached the all-time domestic box office record in just 20 days; as a point of comparison, it took 47 days for Avatar to surpass 1997's Titanic atop the all-time domestic box office.

When adjusting for ticket price inflation, however, The Force Awakens is currently the 20th highest-grossing film of all time; the 1939 Civil War epic Gone With the Wind still sits comfortably atop the all-time list, with $1.74 billion in adjusted gross.

Whether the film can eclipse Avatar's $2.03 billion foreign grosses depends on how well it does in China, where it will open on Jan. 9.


This story has been updated with domestic and global box office figures for Star Wars: The Force Awakens through Jan. 6.

Adam B. Vary is a senior film reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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