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‘Star Wars’ overtakes ‘Jurassic World’ for third in global sales: Disney

LOS ANGELES: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has surged to third place in all-time global box office receipts, overtaking “Jurassic World” after a blockbuster debut in China that pushed its total to $1.73 billion, Disney said Sunday.

The company said the seventh installment of the “Star Wars” saga made an estimated $145.9 million over the weekend, including $53 million in China.

“China led the way as the final international market to open with an estimated two-day weekend (total) of $53M, making it the highest Sat/Sun opening of all-time there as well as the biggest industry opening Saturday of all-time,” a statement from Disney said.

Disney said the China numbers put the film’s global total over $1.73 billion, behind only “Avatar” ($2.79 billion) and “Titanic” ($2.19 billion), both by filmmaker James Cameron.

“Jurassic World” had previously been number three, with $1.67 billion in total box office receipts.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also became the all-time highest grossing film in the North American market this week, with cumulative sales topping $800 million for the first time ever, Disney said.

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