Star Wars: The Force Awakens set to break sales record as film is on course to make $1bn in 12 days

Opening Night Of Walt Disney Pictures And Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' At The TCL Chinese Theatre
Star Wars has already cemented its place in history (Source: Getty)

The latest in the iconic series of sci-fi films, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to become the first film ever to take over $1bn globally in 12 days.

By the end of close Sunday, Star Wars, if on track, should topple Jurassic World, which passed the $1bn mark in just 13 days, according to Forbes.

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That will be the second record set by Star Wars, the film already overcoming Jurassic World to become the movie with the biggest worldwide opening weekend in history.

The final figure is likely to come in at between $1.1bn-$1.2bn, indicating that at the end of its run it's likely to take in more than $2bn.

Titanic took $2.18 by the end of its run, and Avatar made $2.78bn, which should keep James Cameron's masterpiece in top spot.

But with Star Wars taking down records in line with the highest end estimates, if the film carries on its trend, taking in surplus of $2.5bn.

The force is with Disney, which bought LucasFilm for $4bn in 2012. Merchandise, toys, video games and DVD sales are likely to bring in even more than ticket sales.

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In the UK, Star Wars failed to knock Spectre off the top spot in opening weekends, but came ahead of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part Two).

Remarkably, the Star Wars franchise has been incredibly popular over time when adjusted for inflation.

Still, with the American Film Institute picking Star Wars as one of its movies of the year, and a range of records already under its belt, the film has already cemented its place in cinematic history.

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