‘Star Wars’ crosses $1 billion in record time, topping ‘Daddy’s Home’ and ‘Joy’ – Los Angeles Times

Moviegoers continued to unwrap Disney’s box office holdover “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” over the holiday weekend as the space saga dominated a host of Christmas Day newcomers, including Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home” and 20th Century Fox’s “Joy.”

The latest installment in the “Star Wars” franchise grossed an estimated $153.5 million in the U.S. and Canada in its second weekend, beating the lower end of analyst expectations of $140 million. This drives the J.J. Abrams-directed picture to a to-date domestic gross of $544.5 million.

“The Force Awakens,” which cost an estimated $200 million to produce, debuted last weekend to record domestic ticket sales of $248 million. It also grossed $281 million overseas for a global total of $529 million, topping the previous worldwide debut benchmark set in June by “Jurassic World” ($525 million). This week, with an international estimated gross of $546 million to date, the film became the fastest to surpass $1 billion globally.

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Finding an audience through all the lightsabers and stormtroopers was “Daddy’s Home,” starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, for a second-place finish. Distributed in partnership with Red Granite Pictures, the PG-13 comedy beat its $22 million expectations, bringing in an estimated $38.8 million.