Force of Star Wars earns it $1.1 billion at the global box office

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has earned $1.1 billion (£674m) in cinemas around the world Credit: Anthony Devlin / PA Archive/PA Images

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has racked in $1.1 billion (£674m) in cinemas around the globe just 12 days after its release - a world record.

The 'Star Wars' sequel crossed the $1 billion mark a day earlier than the previous record-holder 'Jurassic World', which took 13 days to earn the same amount.

Jurassic World also had the benefit of record grosses in China. The Force Awakens does not open in the world's second-largest movie market until January 9th.

J.J. Abrams's instalment of Star Wars also posted the biggest Christmas Day box office in history with $49.3 million dollars and the best second-weekend earnings with $153.5 million.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is the 7th installment in the film series. Credit: Ian West / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Other films released shortly before Christmas including 'Daddy's home' with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg and the new Jennifer Lawrence movie 'Joy' managed to earn $38.8 million and $17.5 million respectively.

But 'Point Break', a remake of the 1991 Kathryn Bigelow cult film which starred Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, which cost $105 million to make only earned a disappointing $10.2 million.