Moviegoers flocked to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” over the Christmas holiday weekend, pushing ticket sales past the $1 billion mark — the fastest movie to do so in history.
“The Force Awakens” has grossed $544.6 million in the United States and nearly $1.1 billion worldwide, Reuters reported.
The J.J. Abrams written and directed film, which picks up where the 1983 classic “Return of the Jedi” left off, is playing in more than 4,000 theaters in the U.S.
Walt Disney — which acquired the franchise’s original producer Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012 — spent $200 million producing the latest installment.
Another four franchise films are expected to follow “The Force Awakens” over the next four years.