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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' expected to top 'Avatar' as highest-grossing film of all-time

The movie is still to be released in China during January

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens could surpass Avatar as the worldwide highest-grossing film of all-time, according to a leading box office analyst.

The new Star Wars film was released in cinemas last week to vast acclaim, already bringing in £410 million ($610 million) as of Monday (December 21). Avatar, meanwhile, grossed £51 million ($77 million) over its opening weekend and £1.87 billion ($2.78 billion) overall since its 2009 release.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak, has now told Variety that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has the potential to top James Cameron’s record-breaking film.

"Given the incredible current box office trajectory and the overwhelmingly positive response to the film, a expected phenomenal second weekend and with China yet to come in January, if any film has a chance to break into the $2 billion club and have the potential to become the highest grossing film of all-time globally, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is that film," he said.

Elsewhere in the list of the highest grossing films of all-time, Titanic is second with £1.47 billion ($2.19 billion) and Jurassic World third at £1.12 billion ($1.67 billion).

Meanwhile, read the NME review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens here.

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