Can ‘The Force Awakens’ become the biggest movie ever?

21 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Star Wars’ breaks pre-release sales record.

Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the new film, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.” (The Associated Press) Riding galaxy-sized expectations, the new “Star Wars” movie is already setting records for pre-opening ticket sales, with still a month to go. The JJ Abrams-directed sci-fi movie is set for release next month and figures show that excitement has already reached record-breaking proportions, selling $6.5 million in just the first day of sale on October 19. Alluding to the negativity surrounding the prequels, he said: “You go to make a movie and all you do is get criticised, and people make decisions about what you’re going to do before you do it.

Abrams piled up more than $50 million in advance ticket sales — the largest pre-release of any film in ticketing company Fandango’s history, outdrawing the first “Hunger Games,” according to Variety. The movie is on track to have the biggest December opening ever, topping “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which took in $85 million in the U.S. and Canada on its opening weekend in December 2012. Whether it bests the biggest grosser of all time — “Avatar,” with $2.8 billion worldwide — depends on word of mouth and whether fans love it enough to watch it multiple times through the new year. “Star Wars” will have the advantage of having weak competition for months. Marvel’s “Deadpool” doesn’t come out until mid-February, while Warner Bros.’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” isn’t out until late March. “I think it’s going to own January,” said Erik Davis, managing editor of Fandango, one of the nation’s largest online ticket retailers. “I know one guy who has nine tickets to see it in the first week alone.

That’s 87 percent more than this summer’s “Jurassic World,” which opened domestically with a record $208.8 million in ticket sales and owns the all-time No. 3 spot with $1.7 billion worldwide. As for the all-time high, one thing “Avatar” had going for it: It rode a wave of consumer interest in 3-D, which costs a few dollars more than regular tickets.

The first installment of “The Hunger Games” was the leader in advance sales, but topped out at a worldwide gross of $693 million, not even in the all-time Top 10. The movie also has a much bigger Chinese box office to tap. “Avatar” pulled down a monstrous $204 million in China through 2010, but the theatrical market there is now at least three times as big. It could make the difference between the so-so reaction to the “Star Wars” prequels in Episodes 1 to 3 — with heavily parodied characters like Jar Jar Binks and video-game-like action scenes — and the satisfying revival that fans are hoping for. “The brand name alone and the excitement for the franchise will get huge numbers in the door,” Rentrak senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said. “But for very long-term prospects, you have to have a movie that delivers.”

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