‘Star Wars’ set to become highest grossing film domestically

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It has finally happened. The latest Star Wars movie has now topped the box office for the highest grossing film in America (not including inflation). The movie surpassed the total on Tuesday when it took in around $8 million on Tuesday. After the totals come in on Wednesday, Star Wars should overtake Avatar’s $760.5 million that it took in domestically.

The movie still has a long way to go to become the highest grossing film of all time. Avatar’s international box office is far ahead of Star Wars and they have a big uphill climb to reach that level. Avatar made over $2 billion worldwide giving the total box office of $2.7 billion. Star Wars currently has $799 internationally giving it a total box office of $1.5 billion. It’s going to take a continued effort by the fans to have the movie continue to do well, but it’s unlikely that it will top the box office.

J.J. Abrams and James Cameron are no strangers to big box office films, both having done so before. Cameron’s Titanic currently holds the number two spot (with inflation added) at the box office at $2.1 billion. This makes Cameron essentially the king of the box office because both of his movies sit at the top two spots of the box office. J.J. Abrams’s big break came when he did the competition, Star Trek movies, which took in $527.6 million between the two movies.

While Star Wars is unlikely to top Avatar for the top grossing movie of all time, it should continue to do well and perhaps pass Jurassic World on the list. World currently sits at $1.6 billion worldwide. The high rating movie is looking to set the standard for the next two episodes and other spin-off movies that have been planned by Disney and Lucasfilms.

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“Ride Along” tops the charts for 2nd straight week

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It was an overall slow weekend at the box office as only three movies were able to hit double digits over the weekend.

Ride Along enjoys it’s 2nd straight week at the box office with an estimated $21.1 million over the weekend, bringing it’s 2-week total to $75.4 million. The movie has been enjoying a small premiere time at the box office, which is helping it’s box office total.

The other two movies to hit double digits were Lone Survivor at an estimated $12.6 million, and The Nut Job which made a little less at an estimated $12.3 million.

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New movie I, Frankenstein premiered way lower then expectations only getting an estimated $8.7 million over the weekend and it’s 5% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes could be why.

Frozen is still going strong, remaining in the top 5 for the 9th straight week, which is the highest number of times since 2009’s Avatar which spent 12 straight weeks in the top 5. The movie is set to be re-released this Friday with a sing-a-long version of the movie, so stay tuned to more records to be broken.

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