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Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits $300 million in the U.S. in record time

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has smashed another North American box office record after surpassing the $300 million (£200 million) mark in just five days.
The sci-fi epic, directed by J.J. Abrams, scored the biggest domestic opening of all time after raking in $238 million (£159 million) over the weekend (18-20Dec15), easily eclipsing the $209 million (£139.3 million) debut previously set by Jurassic World in June (15).
Now it’s also dethroned Chris Pratt’s dinosaur blockbuster for another honour as the fastest film to crack the $300 million barrier at the box office; Jurassic World managed the feat in an impressive eight days.
The ongoing popularity of Star Wars: The Force Awakens set a new Monday takings record this week (21Dec15), when it pulled in an additional $40.1 million (£26.7 million) in the U.S. and Canada, easily surpassing the $27.2 million (£17 million) Spider-Man 2 grossed over America’s Independence Day holiday in 2004.
It did the same on Tuesday (22Dec15), adding another $37.3 million (£24.9 million) to its haul to beat the $35 million (£23.3 million) record previously set by another Marvel picture, 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man.
The film’s strong North American performance boosts its global takings to $689 million (£459.3 million), putting it on course to mark another milestone as it skyrockets towards $1 billion.

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