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Atlanta International Airport said it
hit a major milestone Sunday.
The airport that calls itself the
world's busiest announced on its
social media sites said it served its
100 millionth passenger this year.
That makes it the first single airport
to serve that number of passengers
in one calendar year.
The passenger earning the
distinction is Larry Kendrick of
Gulfport, Mississippi, who will
receive a Nissan Altima, two free
Delta round trip plane tickets and a
$500 gift card. Atlanta Mayor Kasim
Reed welcomed a surprised Kendrick,
who walked down a red carpet as
journalists and onlookers recorded
manager Miguel Southwell says the
airport had a five per cent increase in
passenger counts this year. (AP)
LOS ANGELES---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 The Force Awak-
ens crossed the billion-dollar mark Sunday,
accomplishing 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
JJ Abrams installment of Star Wars also
posted the biggest Christmas Day box office
in history with $49.3 million and the best
second-weekend earnings with $153.5 mil-
The Force Awakens has been setting
records since its debut December 17.
It brought in a galactic $238 million in
North America over its opening weekend,
besting previous record-setter Jurassic World,
and set international opening-weekend
records in Australia, New Zealand and
throughout Europe. It scored the biggest
worldwide debut with $529 million.
It also topped $100 million in IMAX
screenings in ten days, another global record.
"You almost have to rewrite all the record
books for this movie," box office analyst Paul
Dergarabedian of Rentrak said. "It s absolutely
mind-blowing that Star Wars could get to
a billion dollars in 12 days and it hasn t even
opened in China, the second biggest movie
market in the world."
The power of Star Wars meant the rest of
the week s releases were competing for sec-
That prize went to the Paramount comedy
Daddy s Home, which opened with $38.8
million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
David O Russell s new drama starring Jennifer
Lawrence, Joy, debuted in third place with
A flurry of new films also opened in the
top ten this weekend. Concussion, the Will
Smith-NFL drama, took in $11 million, good
for sixth place, followed by the financial-
crisis saga The Big Short, which collected
The remake of Point Break opened with
$10.2 million. And Quentin Tarantino s latest
film, The Hateful Eight, debuted in tenth
place with $4.5 million.
A juggernaut like Star Wars empowers the
entire industry, Dergarabedian said.
"It s great for the audiences, great for stu-
dios and theater owners in particular who
can point to this and say the movie theater
industry is as viable and relevant as it s ever
been," he said.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through
Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, accord-
ing to Rentrak. Final domestic figures will
be released Monday. (AP)
Force Awakens fastest movie to $1b
World's busiest airport welcomes 100 millionth passenger
From left, director JJ Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, actress Daisy Ridley and actor John
Boyega pose with droids character BB-8 and R2-D2 on stage during the premiere of Star Wars:
The Force Awakens in Shanghai, China, yesterday.
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
--- $153.5 million.
2. Daddy's Home--- $38.8 million.
3. Joy, $17.5 million.
4. Sisters $13.9 million.
5. Alvin and the Chipmunks:
The Road Chip $12.7 million.
6. Concussion $11 million.
7. The Big Short $10.5 million.
8. Point Break $10.2 million.
9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-
Part 2 $5.3 million.
10. The Hateful Eight $4.5 million.
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