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'Star Wars' becomes highest grossing domestic movie ever, beating 'Avatar'

File: From left to right, J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, attend the premiere of
File: From left to right, J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, attend the premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on Dec. 27, 2015 in Shanghai, China.
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Move over, "Avatar," there's a new force in town. After just 20 days in theaters, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has unseated the James Cameron pic as the No. 1 North American movie of all time.

According to Disney, J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars" earned enough on Wednesday to pass "Avatar's" $760.5 million lifetime gross. As of Tuesday, the film was just shy of the record at $758.2 million.

The worldwide record still belongs to "Avatar," though, and that may continue. "The Force Awakens" has earned $1.6 billion to date, as compared to "Avatar's" $2.8 billion.

"Star Wars" will open in China on Jan. 9, which will give the film a significant boost, but some analysts are predicting that the film might now net out in the mid-$2 billion range.