Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Headed for Record $50M-$55M …

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Highly anticipated and praised, this ‘Star Wars’ was.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is already a big hit with US critics – it has made the American Film Institute’s annual list of movies of the year a full day before its release.

As “Star Wars” fans prepare their costumes for viewing the long-awaited seventh episode of the sci-fi franchise, movie theaters are stepping up security to prevent a repeat of the 2012 massacre during a showing of the finale of the Batman trilogy in Aurora, Colorado. The highly-anticipated new installment of the blockbuster sci-fi franchise had its world premiere on Monday (December 14) and doesn’t hit cinemas until Friday, but the jury of AFI members, scholars, artists and critics have named the movie among the best of 2015, The Hollywood Reporter. The new “Star Wars” film has already received rave reviews and has broken records in advance ticket sales in the US, with more than USD 100 million for its opening weekend. The other AFI best film honourees include acclaimed movies “Spotlight”, “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “Carol”, “The Big Short”, “Bridge of Spies”, “Inside Out”, “The Martian”, “Room”, and “Straight Outta Compton”. Early birds in jammies started squatting outside the theater at 1 a.m. — and outside movie houses across the country — for one of the most eagerly anticipated openings in a generation.

And no hand blasters, bowcasters or other “items that would make other guests feel uncomfortable or detract from the movie-going experience,” AMC says. Officials also selected 10 TV shows for its top 2015 picks with returning favourites “The Americans”, “Fargo”, “Game of Thrones”, and “Homeland”.

That would be good news for David Casterline, a 28-year-old photographer who has been camping in front of the Uptown Theater in Northwest Washington since last Friday to be the first in line to see “The Force Awakens,” which opened at midnight Thursday. The rest of the list is comprised of new series “Better Call Saul”, “Black-ish”, “Empire”, “Master of None”, “Mr Robot”, and “UnReal”. He owns a lightsaber that his brother gave him during their marathon wait to see “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” even though he’s not planning to view the new movie in costume. “A lot of us thought [“Episode III”] was the last chance, that that was the last ‘Star Wars,’” Mr. Matthew Weiner, the creator of Emmy-winning series “Mad Men”, which ended its seven-season run earlier this year (15), will receive the AFI Special Award during a luncheon on January 8 in Los Angeles. Casterline said of camping out for the 2005 movie as a teenager. “We took our chances to do it. “The difference [now] is the smartphone,” which allows him to broadcast his current vigil to social networks and share sidewalk war stories with other fans around the world, he said.

Tina Buffaloe, 31, a Tampa coordinator for a sports apparel company, did her part by buying a BB-8 dress — the newest droid in the film series — specifically to wear to Thursday’s screening. “We had to come to the first show because the atmosphere will be so different,” she said “These are the die-hard fans. Everybody is going to know when to get quiet and when to laugh and they’ll cheer at the end.” “I’ve always had a fascination with all aspects of sci-fi. I’m an original Star Trek fan with all the episodes and I lined up for the original Star Wars,” said Buffaloe, 64, of Valrico, a retired Verizon and AAA employee. “It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be Star Wars.” Lots of baby boomer parents stood in line with their millenial kids hoping the movie could make them forget the disappointments of a decade before when Lucas released Star Wars Episodes I through III to critical rancor. “The light saber fights made the prequels looks silly,” said Corey Rowland, 22, a Florida State University graduate student who saw the latest installment with his dad, Jack, 53, and little sister, Jenna, 16. “The only word to describe it is visceral. So much less choreographed looking than before.” “It’s a fantasy that you want to be real,” said Hafeiza Maharaj, 63, of Tampa, a neurodiagnostic technologist and old-school Star Wars fan who indoctrinated all three of her sons, who are now adults.

On Thursday, Disney said the movie debuted with a record-setting $14.1 million from its first screenings Wednesday in 12 international markets, The Associated Press reported. She helped her youngest, 22-year-old Neil, craft his own Sith Lord costume from scratch and even painted him as Darth Maul for one cosplaying, or costume play, occasion. Meanwhile, the D.C. chapter of the 501st Legion: Vader’s Fist, a worldwide “Star Wars” fan club, will participate in events and screenings dressed in impeccably detailed and authentic-looking costumes throughout the weekend.

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