2015: The Year Big Movies Finally Stopped Sucking?

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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Headed for Record $50M-$55M Thursday-Night Opening.

If you are one of those Star Wars fans unfortunate enough to be stuck in front of a computer while the movie event of the decade is on, the force may still be with you.

“The Force Awakens” has sold more tickets on the online service than any other film did throughout its time in theaters — which is even more impressive than making the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs. In a cryptic tweet, Google had suggested that we “Search the beginning”, which even the lowest of space scum know is, ‘A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away’.

While Fandango did not release how many tickets the new “Star Wars” has sold so far, it did say it’s more than the previous record-holder, “Jurassic World,” did earlier this year. The search results for the phrase appear in that goose-bumps-inducing scroll against a starry background that opened the Star Wars universe to us from the first movie onwards. The legendary franchise’s latest installment also blasted pre-sale records for Fandango, AMC and IMAX shortly after tickets became available in October — and experts say the movie could eclipse the current record for opening weekend earnings: the $208.4 million in ticket sales chewed up by “Jurassic World.” Such a record is, as Darth Vader might say, impressive, most impressive, but the makers of “Star Wars” shouldn’t get cocky. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens is headed for a $50 million-$55 million Thursday-night opening at the North American box office, a record number that could climb as high as $60 million by morning.

The previous champ was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ Part 2, the final film in the franchise, which earned $43.5 million in Thursday previews in July 2011. Google gives you the option of choosing the ‘Light’ side or the ‘Dark’ side theme for your Gmail, Google calendar, Google translate — basically most of your Google stuff — look like. The “Star Wars” franchise has been around since 1977 so fans have had plenty of time to come up with some pretty interesting theories about its characters. Your Gmail background turns into the home planet of the good guys or the villain’s lair, depending on your choice, while the preloader on YouTube is either blue or red. Qui-Gonn Jinn asks Skywalker’s mother Shmi who his father is to better understand the boy’s connection to the Force, she tells him that “there was no father” — and the theories went into hyperspace from there.

Plot twists abound, but those in India won’t be catching a piece of the action until December 25, thanks to the release of blockbusters ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Dilwale’ – according to the Wall Street Journal. In the prequels, Darth Sidiuous, disguised as Emperor Palpatine, tells Anakin that Darth Sidious’ master, Darth Plageius, was so powerful that he could use midichlorians — microorganisms that drive the Force — to create life. The Disney and Lucasfilm’s sequel, set 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi, is getting the widest December release of all time and will be playing in a total of 4,134 theaters by Friday.

He plays a major role in the plot of the series when he lobbies the Jedi Council to allow him to train Anakin Skywalker, despite sensing anger and suffering in his heart. It’s peculiar that the Jedi who knew Skywalker best would insist on training the damaged boy without an ulterior motive, but fans theorize that he wanted to train him so Skywalker could become the powerful Darth Vader. The reboot also stars Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o and Domhnall Gleeson along with original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. Qui-Gon is the first Jedi to use the Force Ghost power, which is usually reserved for the death-cheating Sith, he was an apprentice of Count Dooku/ Darth Tyranus and in the expanded universe he loses his first apprentice to the Dark Side. Many believe it will easily beat this summer’s Jurassic World ($208.8 million) to score the biggest domestic opening of all time; by just how much is the big question.

The clumsy Gungan is one of the most hated characters in the entire series, but there might be a better reason for the hatred than how insufferably stupid he was. December isn’t known for monster numbers because of pre-Christmas preparations (to date, the biggest December launch belongs to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with $84.6 million). He’s shown as a capable warrior when he survives several battles, something everyone contributed to dumb luck that might be better explained with the Force, because like Obi Wan said “there’s no such thing as luck.” Owen — Luke’s step-uncle from his father’s marriage to Shmi Skywalker — and Beru were the people who took Luke in after Padme died of a broken heart and Anakin Skywalker went Dark Side. Abrams’ film is opening simultaneously around the world (save for China, where it debuts on Jan. 9), grossing a stellar $14.1 million on Wednesday as it launched in its first 12 markets, eclipsing all previous Star Wars films.

Sure, Obi Wan says Stormtroopers are the only ones in the universe who are so accurate, but let’s not forget that Fett is the clone of the original Stormtrooper. It lines up, because Fett was on Tatooine at the time of their death, the Empire was more than happy to doll out some credits to a bounty hunter, and he had the motive to get R2D2 and C-3PO.

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