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Star Wars becomes highest-grossing US film - in a month

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Move over Avatar, there’s a new force in town.

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The Star Wars juggernaut

After just 20 days in theatres, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has unseated the James Cameron pic as the No.1 North American movie of all time.

According to Disney, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars earned enough on Wednesday to pass Avatar’s $US760.5 million [$A1.1 billion] lifetime gross. As of Tuesday, the film was just shy of the record at $US758.2 million.

The worldwide record still belongs to Avatar though, and that may continue.

The Force Awakens has earned $US1.6 billion to date, as compared to Avatar’s $US2.8 billion.

Star Wars will open in China on January 9, which will give the film a significant boost, but some analysts are predicting that the film might now net out in the mid-$US2 billion range.

-AAP

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