Record-breaking ‘Star Wars’ movie opens in China
BEIJING — The record-breaking “Star Wars” has opened in China, where it is far from certain to draw in enough movie-goers to knock off “Avatar” as the world’s all-time biggest grossing movie.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the highest ever grossing film in the North American market, where it was released three weeks ago.
But internationally, it still has a long way to go to beat “Avatar.” On Saturday, the international box office of the latest “Star Wars” movie stood at $1.6 billion. “Avatar” made $2.8 billion.
Not many Chinese are familiar with “Star Wars.” The franchise’s three prequel films released from 1999 to 2005 were shown in China, but at a time when there were much fewer screens in the country.
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