Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been officially named as the biggest film of 2015 at the UK box office with the all-time number one record set to follow.
As of today (January 4), the film has overtaken Spectre to be named as the film which earned the most money in the UK through 2015. The Force Awakens has taken £97.6m in Britain and Ireland, over £4m more than the James Bond film’s £93.5m.
Previous Bond outing Skyfall is the current highest-grossing film of all time in the UK with earnings of £103m in 2012. However, J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi title is expected to beat that, having already knocked Avatar from its spot in second.
Avatar remains the highest-grossing film of all time globally, having made £1.87 billion since its 2009 release. However, that could change when The Force Awakens is released in China later this month (January).
Highest-grossing films at the UK and Ireland box office (via The Guardian):
1. Skyfall (2012): £102.9m
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): £97.6m
3. Avatar (2009): £94m
4. Spectre (2015): £92m
5. Titanic (1997): £80.1m
6. Toy Story 3 (2010): £74m
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011): £73.1m
8. Mamma Mia! (2008): £68.5m
9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001): £66.1m
10. Jurassic World (2015): £64.1m
Disney are thought to be planning a new Star Wars movie every year from 2015 onwards, including both a new trilogy and a series of spin-off movies taking the series through to around 2020.
Meanwhile, Leonardo Di Caprio has revealed he turned down a role as Anakin Skywalker in earlier Star Wars movies, saying that he met with George Lucas to discuss taking the role in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith. The part eventually went to Hayden Christensen.