‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ topples Avatar to become top-earning film in US

Disney thanks fans as JJ Abrams' title breaks another record

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the top-earning film of all time in the US and Canada.

Disney today confirmed that the film has overtaken Avatar to take the title having broken the animated film’s previous earnings record of £520m.

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.

Disney thanked fans of the franchise for their success, saying that without them “there is no Star Wars.”

“There has indeed been an awakening – and it’s all thanks to you,” Disney added

Earlier this week The Force Awakens was declared the biggest film of 2015 at the UK box office with the all-time number one record likely to follow.

The film overtook 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.

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.