Let’s talk about the shocking twists of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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.

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’. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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. 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.

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). 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.

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