The seventh Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, became the faster film to make $1 billion (Rs 6,600 crore) at the global box office, achieving the feat in just 12 days, Disney said on Sunday. The record was earlier held by Jurassic World, which took 13 days to touch the figure in June. Moreover, Jurassic World saw record takings in China, and the Star Wars episode has not even opened there yet. A statement by the company said it had made $545 million in ticket sales in North America and $546 million internationally, AFP reported.
The film, directed by JJ Abrams, also broke Christmas box office records, raking in $49 million in ticket sales. The film is already the second-highest grosser of 2015, and the fifth highest ever. The film received excellent reviews and is being credited with starting a new era for the epic series created by George Lucas in 1977.