Star Wars 7 earns US$1 billion in record time: 5 other films in the billion-dollar club

Villain Kylo Ren wielding his cross guard lightsaber in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Villain Kylo Ren wielding his cross guard lightsaber in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. PHOTO: WALT DISNEY STUDIOS

The Force is proving impossible to resist.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has set a new record, taking just 12 days to pass the US$1-billion (S$1.4-billion) mark in global box-office sales.

Disney said the space epic series' seventh instalment has so far earned an estimated US$545 million in North America and US$546 million internationally.

Here are five other films which have crossed the billion-dollar mark in double-quick time.

1. Jurassic World


Chris Pratt attempting to calm a pack of velociraptors in Jurassic World. PHOTO: UIP

How long it took to hit US$1b: 13 days

Aided by the appeal of Guardians Of The Galaxy star Chris Pratt, the dinosaur actioner surpassed all expectations when it took just 13 days to cross the milestone in June.

Box-office watchers had predicted that it would be overshadowed by other summer blockbusters like Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Minions.

The film also did superbly well in China, where it raked in more than double the amount anywhere else save for the United States.

2. Furious 7


Furious 7 was the late Paul Walker's last film performance. PHOTO: UIP

How long it took to hit US$1b: 17 days

Mixed reviews by critics failed to deter millions of fans from flocking to cinemas to watch the film and bid goodbye to actor Paul Walker, who died in a car accident in 2013.

Its US$1.153-billion box-office total in 17 days was estimated by the International Monetary Fund to be larger than the gross domestic product of 16 countries, including Gambia, Saint Vincent and Grenada.

The film was released in April this year.

3. The Avengers


From left: Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Ironman and Hulk in The Avengers. PHOTO: STARHUB

How long it took to hit US$1b: 19 days

It was one of three films to enter the billion-dollar club in 19 days (along with Avatar and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2). Captain America and Co also earned the distinction of becoming the first Marvel movie to do so following its release in May 2012.

Its sequel, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, reached the billion-dollar mark in 24 days when it was released in April.

4. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2


From left: Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and Harry Potter in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. PHOTO: WARNER BROS

How long it took to hit US$1b: 19 days

In a fitting farewell for the film finale of author J.K. Rowling's magical series about the famous boy wizard, it smashed Part 1's international gross of US$659 million.

It is also the only one in the franchise, which spanned a decade (2001-2011), to hit the US$1-billion mark.

The movie was released in July 2011.

5. Avatar


A cinema still from Avatar. PHOTO: STARHUB

How long it took to hit US$1b: 19 days

With a worldwide box-office gross of over US$2.7 billion, James Cameron's science fiction epic in 2009 is only the second film - after 1997's Titanic - to earn US$2 billion.

The highly anticipated sequel, Avatar 2, is due to be released in December 2017. Pundits expect it to become the first film to gross US$1 b in the US market alone.