Star Wars: The Force Awakens has only dropped around 5% from Tuesday for a Wednesday take of roughly $27.5M to $27.9M which would bring its domestic cume to $628.7M. If, as expected, that total holds it will advance Star Wars Episode V11 to the 4th highest domestic grosser of all time, dislodging Marvel’s The Avengers, which grossed $623.3M back in 2012.
With such kind of staying power, it’s likely Disney/Lucasfilm’s The Force Awakens will hit $700M domestic sometime Friday, and is already well over a billion globally.
Meanwhile, expanding to 1,958 locations, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight took in between $3.4M and $3.7M Wednesday night, according to industry sources. Including Tuesday evening previews that took in $600K and earlier grosses from its 70MM run in 100 theaters, Hateful Eight‘s cume comes to roughly $10.2M since the Weinstein Company release opened Christmas Day. The additional runs boosted Hateful Eight from its weekend slot at No. 10 to No. 4 on Wednesday night, if estimates hold. The picture will expand to 2,264 dates on Thursday and 2,474 by Friday.