'Star Wars' hits $2 billion global sales mark
LOS ANGELES, USA – Star Wars: The Force Awakens has soared to the $2 billion mark in global ticket sales, Disney announced Sunday, February 7 as the movie landed in fourth place at the North American box office, behind Kung Fu Panda 3 in the top spot.
The latest Star Wars franchise became only the third film ever to reach the $2 billion mark, and is only the second to do so in a first release, Disney said in a statement. (READ: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' smashes Christmas Day box office record)
It also set a domestic record with $900 million in ticket sales on Wednesday, making it "the only film in history to reach this milestone," Disney reported. (READ: 'Star Wars' overtakes 'Jurassic World' for biggest global debut)
DreamWorks' computer-animated Kung Fu Panda comedy – the third installment in the franchise – meanwhile earned some $21.0 in its second weekend out, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations predicted.
Following the adventures of Po as he evolves from martial arts student to teacher, the US-Chinese production features the voices of stars Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie.
The celebrity-studded Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar! a 1950s kidnap caper about a Hollywood fixer trying to keep a studio's stars under thumb, debuted in second place with $11.4 million.
The picture casts George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Josh Brolin, and Jonah Hill side-by-side, among a slew of other well-known faces.
In third place was critically acclaimed The Revenant, a grisly tale of back-country survival and revenge starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The film, which has been showered with Oscar nominations, earned an estimated $7.1 million.
Coming in fifth behind Star Wars was The Choice, a romantic-drama based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name. The film, typical of the Sparks genre (he is also the author behind The Notebook, A Walk to Remember and Message in a Bottle) raked in some $6.1 million.
Rounding out the estimates for the rest of the top ten were:
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, $5.2 million
- The Finest Hours, $4.7 million
- Ride Along 2, $4.100 million
- The Boy, just under $4.098 million
- Dirty Grandpa, $4.050 million