On May 30, Star Wars: The Force Awakens officially completed its run in North American theaters after 168 days. It was very lucrative! Not only did the JJ Abrams-directed sequel finish with a record-breaking $936 million on the continent, it racked up a whopping $2.066 billion worldwide. That's enough for a No. 3 finish on the all-time global box office chart, after Titanic ($2.187 billion) and Avatar ($2.788 billion). 

In fairness: both of those James Cameron blockbusters enjoyed subsequent re-releases that added to their respective totals. Subtract the money made during said re-releases, and Titanic is actually in third place with $1.84 billion and Avatar...well, Avatar remains in first with $2.755 billion (it only made $33.2 million in its 2010 reissue). 

Then again! Adjusting for inflation, the positions revert back to their original ranking, with Avatar coming in at $3.07 billion in initial release and Titanic coming in at $2.74 billion in initial release -- both far ahead of The Force Awakens' $2.066 billion. As explained by box office experts I interviewed back in January, much of that discrepancy can be chalked up to Star Wars' less-potent appeal in foreign countries not familiar with the mythology established over the last six films (namely China), a more crowded overseas marketplace, and the power of Avatar's marketing campaign, which promised -- in the words of Box Office Media analyst Daniel Loria -- a "new frontier of cinematic experience" to moviegoers, among other factors.

Speaking of re-releases, one might reasonably expect Disney to push The Force Awakens back into theaters in advance of Rogue One's December release, adding a few million more to its already-overflowing coffers. Just don't expect it to come anywhere near Avatar's lofty perch.

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A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.