Star Wars beats Spectre to become UK’s biggest film of 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the UK’s biggest grossing movie of 2015 after just 16 days of release – raking in a whopping £94.06m at the box office to overtake Spectre’s £93.5m.

JJ Abrams’ film has also overtaken Avatar (£94m) as the second most successful film in history in the UK.

But Bond flick Skyfall still reigns supreme as the UK’s highest-grossing film of all time with £103m in 2012.

At the end of December, Star Wars: The Force Awakens also became the fastest film to take $1bn (£674m) at the global box office.

It achieved the feat in just 12 days, beating the previous record of 13 days set by Jurassic World in June.

But while Jurassic World had the benefit of record takings in China over the period, The Force Awakens had yet to open there when the figures were released.

The film, however, will get a big shot in the arm when it premieres in China next week, the world’s second biggest market for film.

Depending on how well it is received at the box office in China, The Force Awakens could even shoot past Avatar’s record $2.8 billion global haul.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi. The film’s script was written by Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast also includes Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis.

The storyline of the movie follows the Resistance’s effort to return the lightsaber to its rightful owner.