Stars Wars: The Force Awakens Has Started 2016 As It Ended 2015, With Another Huge Haul At The U.s. Box Office.
The sci-fi blockbuster made a further $88.3 million (£59 million) over the New Year's Day weekend to ring in 2016 with a $740 million (£493 million) tally in North America.
Over the holidays, The Force Awakens passed the totals of Titanic, The Avengers, and Jurassic World to become the second biggest film ever released. It's now just $20 million (£13.3 million) behind Avatar, which hit $760.5 million (£507 million) in 2010.
The latest Star Wars film, which was released around the world on 18 December (15), also ended 2015 as the year's biggest movie in the U.K., toppling Spectre.
The movie has hauled in $141 million (£94 million) in the U.K. since its release.
Director J.J. Abrams' film has also overtaken Avatar as the second most successful film in history in the U.K. The new Star Wars film is less than $6.7 million (£10 million) behind James Bond film Skyfall, which remains the only film to pass $150 million (£100 million) in the U.K.
Meanwhile, back to the U.S. box office, and comedy Daddy's Home stays put at two for a second week, while Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight debuts at three, and Sisters and Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip round out the first top five of 2016.