‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Breakdown of Box-Office Records

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Breakdown of Box-Office Records

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ reflects our diverse, modern world. J.J. The strong opening weekend at the box office for Star Wars: The Force Awakens could boost profits at Walt Disney Co. by US$1.1 billion, and it also provides the company with another franchise to leverage across its consumer products and parks businesses. Abrams’ movie — relaunching the marquee sci-fi franchise — comes in ahead of estimates after scoring the biggest Sunday of all time in North America, where its opening is now pegged at $247 million or higher. After collecting US$238 million in Canadian and U.S. ticket sales on opening weekend, breaking the previous record of US$208 million held by Jurassic ...

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How Star Wars: The Force Awakens Snuck In Three Very Special Cameos

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How Star Wars: The Force Awakens Snuck In Three Very Special Cameos

A ‘Star Wars’ Refresher. James Arnold Taylor, the voice actor who played Kenobi in the Clone Wars TV series, revealed on Twitter that director JJ Abrams roped in McGregor to overdub his voice. Ewan McGregor and Frank Oz reprise their iconic Star Wars roles during a scene in The Force Awakens that also brings back the voice of the late Alec Guinness.Those who saw the film this weekend (and those who haven’t may want to stop here) know that midway through the movie Daisy Ridley’s lonely scavenger Rey has a vision, a dream-like flashback sequence after she discovers Luke Skywalker’s long-lost lightsaber in the basement of Maz Kanata’s castle.Not another prequel to establish more back ...

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ fulfills destiny as biggest box-office opener …

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ fulfills destiny as biggest box-office opener …

‘Star Wars’ shatters opening-weekend box-office record with $238 million. It’s a small line of dialogue that, potentially, exists merely to explain away the existence of John Boyega’s role in the movie — but the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens explicitly refers to the First Order moving away from using clone troopers is an interesting choice, to put it mildly. With an opening weekend take of $238 million in North America, and an astronomical per screen average of $57, 571, to quote a line from another successful film franchise, “Toy Story,” it has gone “To infinity and beyond.” Even on its opening today, “Force” took in $29.19 million. Thus, I feel ...

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Broke Records at the Box Office This Weekend

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Broke Records at the Box Office This Weekend

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Broke Records at the Box Office This Weekend. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was always destined for a huge box office debut. In June, “Jurassic World” pulled in $208.8 million but conventional wisdom held that summer movies were more likely to draw moviegoers who were out of school or on vacation or certainly not trying to go Christmas shopping. “Rentrak’s PostTrak audience survey shows that 66 percent of ‘The Force Awakens’ audience is male and nearly even split by age with over 25 audiences representing 54 percent of moviegoers and 46 percent under 25. A definite recommend score of 83 percent is an incredibly strong number as reported by ...

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‘Real Housewives’ Star Teresa Giudice to Be Released From Prison

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‘Real Housewives’ Star Teresa Giudice to Be Released From Prison

Ex-‘Real Housewives’ Star To Be Released From Connecticut Prison. TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Teresa Giudice, one of New Jersey’s “Real Housewives,” is set to be freed from prison just a few days before Christmas. Former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice, who will be released from The Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury on Dec. 23, won’t be Christmas shopping for her daughters because she’ll be short on time, a source tells Confidenti@l. “She’s getting out Wednesday (Dec. 23) and she won’t have time [to get the gifts] by the time she goes through release and gets home,” says our source, who adds that her husband Joe Giudice has been fulfilling ...

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A beginner’s guide to Star Wars and its characters

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A beginner’s guide to Star Wars and its characters

‘Star Wars’ sets N. America opening weekend record with $238 mn. It’s a small line of dialogue that, potentially, exists merely to explain away the existence of John Boyega’s role in the movie — but the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens explicitly refers to the First Order moving away from using clone troopers is an interesting choice, to put it mildly. With an opening weekend take of $238 million in North America, and an astronomical per screen average of $57, 571, to quote a line from another successful film franchise, “Toy Story,” it has gone “To infinity and beyond.” Even on its opening today, “Force” took in $29.19 million. Thus, I feel that using ...

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‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star to be released from prison: paper

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‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star to be released from prison: paper

Ex-‘Real Housewives’ Star To Be Released From Connecticut Prison. TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Teresa Giudice, one of New Jersey’s “Real Housewives,” is set to be freed from prison just a few days before Christmas.Former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice, who will be released from The Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury on Dec. 23, won’t be Christmas shopping for her daughters because she’ll be short on time, a source tells Confidenti@l. “She’s getting out Wednesday (Dec. 23) and she won’t have time [to get the gifts] by the time she goes through release and gets home,” says our source, who adds that her husband Joe Giudice has been fulfilling ...

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Historic ‘Star Wars’ debut hands Disney another hit franchise

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Historic ‘Star Wars’ debut hands Disney another hit franchise

‘Star Wars’ sets N. America opening weekend record with $238 mn. It’s a small line of dialogue that, potentially, exists merely to explain away the existence of John Boyega’s role in the movie — but the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens explicitly refers to the First Order moving away from using clone troopers is an interesting choice, to put it mildly. With an opening weekend take of $238 million in North America, and an astronomical per screen average of $57, 571, to quote a line from another successful film franchise, “Toy Story,” it has gone “To infinity and beyond.” Even on its opening today, “Force” took in $29.19 million. Thus, I feel that using ...

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Ex-‘Real Housewives’ Star To Be Released From Connecticut Prison

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Ex-‘Real Housewives’ Star To Be Released From Connecticut Prison

Ex-‘Real Housewives’ Star To Be Released From Connecticut Prison. TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Teresa Giudice, one of New Jersey’s “Real Housewives,” is set to be freed from prison just a few days before Christmas.Former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice, who will be released from The Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury on Dec. 23, won’t be Christmas shopping for her daughters because she’ll be short on time, a source tells Confidenti@l. “She’s getting out Wednesday (Dec. 23) and she won’t have time [to get the gifts] by the time she goes through release and gets home,” says our source, who adds that her husband Joe Giudice has been fulfilling ...

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One Small Change in ‘Force Awakens’ That Complicates the ‘Star Wars’ Series …

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One Small Change in ‘Force Awakens’ That Complicates the ‘Star Wars’ Series …

‘Star Wars’ sets N. America opening weekend record with $238 mn. It’s a small line of dialogue that, potentially, exists merely to explain away the existence of John Boyega’s role in the movie — but the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens explicitly refers to the First Order moving away from using clone troopers is an interesting choice, to put it mildly. Thus, I feel that using a SPOILER ALERT is probably not necessary, since you’ve either seen the new Star Wars or you’re not going on the Internet until you’ve seen the new Star Wars. Globally, the latest “Star Wars” space epic raked in an estimated $517 million, Disney said, breaking records for ...

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