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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Will Break This Big Record Today

Stormtrooper characters march down the red carpet at the premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens will pass Avatar on Wednesday to become the top-selling film of all time in the U.S. and Canada, Walt Disney Co. said.

Domestic ticket sales for the Star Wars movie reached $758.2 million through Tuesday, and will top the record of $760.5 million set by the 2009 release of Avatar on Wednesday, Disney dis said.

The Force Awakens has taken in $1.5 billion so far globally, and is already the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time after just three weeks in release, Disney said.

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To beat the global record haul of $2.8 billion for Avatar, The Force Awakens must play well in China, where it opens on Saturday, box office analysts have said.

The Force Awakens, the seventh movie in the 40-year-old franchise, opened at theaters in much of the world on Dec. 16 after a mammoth marketing campaign and glowing reviews.

It reunites original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill as well as introducing new characters who are expected to develop the sci-fi saga through at least three more new movies.

Creator George Lucas sold the franchise to Disney in 2012 for $4.05 billion.

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