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Another impressive weekend total puts ‘Star Wars’ hot on ‘Avatar’s’ trail as highest grossing movie ever

Photo courtesy of Lucas Films / Walt Disney Studios
Photo courtesy of Lucas Films

It looks as though we are witnessing cinematic history in the making.

With another extremely profitable week spent atop the weekend box office, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has leaped within striking distance of James Cameron’s Avatar to claim the title of highest grossing movie in North American history.

The J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster snagged another $88 million to bring its 17-day domestic total to a whopping $740 million to pass The Avengers ($623.4 million), Jurassic World ($652.3 million) and Titanic ($658.7 million) in one fell swoop. At this rate, Avatar’s domestic total of $760.5 million should be topped before next weekend’s box-office tally is complete. On a global scale, The Force now sits at No. 6 on the all-time list with $1.5 billion. Avatar leads that list as well with $2.8 billion and could prove to be a bit more of a challenge to top than the North American record.

Elsewhere in a top 10 that saw no new entries and had very little movement from last week, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s comedy, Daddy’s Home held on to the second spot by adding another $29 million to its total. Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight made an impressive jump from No. 10 to No. 3 this week with $16.2 million. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Sisters commanded an additional $12.5 million to land at No. 4 and top the $60 million mark. And rounding out the top five for the second week in a row is Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Club, which pulled in another $11.8 million.

For the full weekend top 10, check out the list below:

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $88.3M

2. Daddy’s Home – $29M

3. The Hateful Eight – $16.2M

4. Sisters – $12.5M

5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Club – $11.8M

6. Joy – $10.4M

7. The Big Short $9M

8. Concussion – $8M

9. Point Break – $6.8M

10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2 – $4.6M

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