Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now Disney’s most successful film of all time in the US

Star Wars The Force Awakens
The records continue to fall for Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, which just became the highest-grossing film of all time in U.S. theaters for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

The Force Awakens has now earned more than $629 million domestically since its December 18 premiere, moving it past 2012’s superhero team-up blockbuster The Avengers to become the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S. The new ranking also makes it the most successful film of all time for Disney.

The meteoric rise of The Force Awakens is particularly notable, given that it took the film only 13 days to pass the total gross of The Avengers over its entire run in U.S. theaters. The Force Awakens finished the year as the second highest-grossing movie of 2015 domestically, ranking just behind the $652 million earned by Jurassic World — another total earned over the course of its entire run, far longer than the 13 days that Star Wars has been in theaters so far.

Internationally, The Force Awakens is currently the eighth highest-grossing film of all time with almost $1.3 billion in ticket sales so far. However, the film has yet to open in China, the second largest market in the world — meaning that it’s likely to get a big boost when it premieres in that country January 9. Currently, it ranks behind both The Avengers and its 2015 sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, in the all-time global box-office records. (A situation that will almost certainly change when it opens in China, if not before that point.)

In the race to become the highest-grossing movie of all time domestically and worldwide, The Force Awakens still has to beat the records set by James Cameron’s sci-fi adventure Avatar in both markets. The 2009 film holds both prestigious records with $760.5 million in U.S. theaters over the course of its 34-week run, and $2.78 billion worldwide. (Avatar and Cameron’s 1997 film Titanic are the only films to have ever crossed the $2 billion mark globally.)

Given that The Force Awakens is still going strong in theaters and has quite a bit of time left in what’s likely to be a long run, it will be interesting to see where the film ends up in 2016’s box-office rankings, and whether it will end up among the highest-grossing films for two consecutive years.

Home Theater

Not chill: Netflix is hiking prices across all its tiers

Netflix has to get the billions of dollars it's spending on new content from somewhere. The streaming giant announced price hikes across the board, raising its monthly rates between $1 and $2 per tier in the next few months.
Movies & TV

Here's everything we know about 'John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum'

John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum, the third installment of the wildly successful action series that stars Keanu Reeves as a deadly assassin forced out of retirement, hits theaters in May 2019. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Movies & TV

New trailer for 'The Punisher' season 2 teases a bloody showdown

The Punisher is getting a second season on Netflix, with Jon Bernthal returning to play Marvel Comics' gun-toting antihero Frank Castle. Here's everything we know about season 2 of The Punisher so far.

‘Aquaman’ becomes first DC cinematic universe movie to cross $1 billion

Aquaman fell to second place at the weekend box office, but its worldwide earnings crossed the $1 billion mark, making it the first film in Warner Bros. Pictures' DC Extended Universe to do so.
Movies & TV

NBCUniversal will launch its own streaming service in 2020

NBCU is prepping a streaming service filled with its original content for a debut sometime next year, meaning that Michael, Dwight, and the rest of the Scranton crew might be moving to a new home.
Home Theater

Sling TV offers free shows, a la carte subscription channels to Roku users

If you are among a select group of Roku users, Sling TV has added free TV shows and the option to subscribe to individual channels without having to subscribe to the company's base level of channels.

Break out the Wii: ‘Just Dance’ movie reportedly in the works

Sony's Screen Gems has reportedly acquired the film rights to the Just Dance video game series from Ubisoft, which previously helped bring the game Assassin's Creed to the big screen in 2016.
Movies & TV

Apple’s first original feature film reunites Bill Murray, Sofia Coppola

The Lost in Translation team of Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray will reunite with their A Very Murray Christmas collaborator Rashida Jones for On the Rocks, Apple and studio A24's first official feature together.
Movies & TV

You can get a screaming deal on LG OLED TVs just in time for the Super Bowl

LG is offering steep discounts on its critically acclaimed OLED TV models just in time for the Super Bowl, letting discerning viewers watch their favorite athletes with higher picture quality than ever.
Movies & TV

Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ sequel already has a creepy teaser trailer

Jason Reitman, son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, has secretly co-written a follow-up to the 1984 supernatural comedy. Filming begins this summer, but it's not clear if the original Ghostbusters will reprise their roles.
Movies & TV

From premiere date to footage: Here's all we have on 'Game of Thrones' season 8

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.
Movies & TV

Netflix recruits Steve Carell for the Trump-inspired comedy ‘Space Force’

Steve Carell, Netflix, and The Office showrunner Greg Daniels are teaming up for Space Force, a workplace comedy poking fun at the Trump White House's plans to establish a sixth branch of the U.S. military.
Home Theater

Cutting the cord? Let us help you find the best service for live TV streaming

There's a long list of live TV streaming services available to help you cut the cord and replace your traditional TV subscription. Each is different in important ways, and this guide will help you find the best one for you.
Movies & TV

The ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ trailer has finally arrived

Lionsgate has released the first, full-length trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, the third installment of the action franchise that casts Keanu Reeves as the world's greatest assassin.