Date: 7th January 2016
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has officially become the highest-grossing film of all time in the US.
The JJ Abrams-directed sequel has surpassed Avatar's $760.50 million (£495.41m) record in just 20 days, Disney announced after takings on Wednesday (January 6).
The sci-fi epic now holds the records for biggest opening day at the domestic box office ($119.1m / £77.5m), biggest opening weekend at the domestic box office ($247.96m / £161.52m), and biggest IMAX opening at the domestic box office ($30.1m / £19.6m).
In a message to fans, an update on the official Star Wars website reads: "We are proud of these records, but know that they would not be possible without fans' enthusiasm and continued support. "
"We feel it here and it drives us every day, and it will continue to in the very bright future of Star Wars. There has indeed been an awakening - and it's all thanks to you."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens also recently became the fastest movie to take $1 billion at the worldwide box office, reaching the goal after just 12 days of release.
James Cameron's Avatar is still the biggest hit globally, but Star Wars' opening in China on Saturday could help it to pass the $2.8 billion record.
Source: Press Release