Star Wars: The Force Awakens” continues to crush records, picking up a smashing $37.3 million on Tuesday from the domestic box office. That passes the previous high-water mark of $35 million set by “The Amazing Spider-Man” in 2012.
With a North American haul of $325.4 million, “The Force Awakens” has now out-paced “Jurassic World” as the fastest film to cross $300 million, accomplishing in five days what it took the other film to achieve in eight.
“The Force Awakens’” massive domestic earnings were augmented by another $41.3 million that the film netted at the foreign box office on Tuesday, powering its global haul to $689.4 million worldwide. It will pass $700 million on Thursday and should move past $1 billion by the end of the week.
Over the weekend, the sci-fi epic scored a $248 million domestic debut and a $529 million global launch. That shot past the records set this summer by “Jurassic World” ($208.8 million domestic, $524.9 million worldwide).
“The Force Awakens” has been widely acclaimed by critics for evoking the spirit of adventure established by George Lucas’ original trilogy of films. J.J. Abrams directed the $200 million production, overseeing a cast of “Star Wars” veterans and newcomers.
The film is intended to set up a new trilogy, along with sequels and spinoffs. Disney, which backed “The Force Awakens,” spent $4 billion in 2012 to acquire Lucasfilm — the studio behind the “Star Wars” universe.