‘Force Awakens’ becomes fastest movie to $1 billion

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: BB-8 attends the European Premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at Leicester Square on December 16, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has reached $1 billion at the box office, reaching the milestone with record-setting hyper speed.

The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday that “The Force Awakens” crossed the mark over the holiday weekend. The film accomplished the feat in just 12 days. The previous movie to reach $1 billion the fastest was Universal’s “Jurassic World,” which did it in 13 days in June. “Jurassic World” also had the benefit of record grosses in China. “The Force Awakens” doesn’t open in the world’s second-largest movie market until Jan. 9.

J.J. Abrams’ installment of “Star Wars” also posted the biggest Christmas Day box office in history with $49.3 million and the best second-weekend take with an estimated $150 million.

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