Oh Shit, I’m a *Star Wars* Geek Again

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens fans furious after movie screening suffers malfunction.

Disney and JJ Abrmas went out of their way to prevent any Star Wars: The Force Awakening spoilers leaking onto the internet early, refusing to put the film forward for awards in order to avoid handing out sampler film DVDs to judges. While attending a midnight screening, likely in the hope of avoiding any spoilers in the coming days, some fans’ experiences were ruined after a malfunctioning projector skipped a huge segment of the film, revealing the ultimate twist prematurely. Check it out: Erik Melendez, a student at UCLA studying political science, posted the above video and this lament: “Projector at Star Wars midnight 3D show at the Arclight ruined, stopped, then started again towards the end of the movie. A video posted to Facebook early Friday apparently shows moviegoers at a late-night 3D screening at Hollywood’s Arclight Cinemas of the latest installment of the “Star Wars” saga nearly losing their minds after the projector failed.

A student of the University of California, Los Angeles, Erik Melendez caught the action on his phone, showing hundreds of fans standing up and shouting “NO, NO!” at the projectionist. The movie was spoiled and everyone in the theatre went crazy.” The Walt Disney Co. said the film made an estimated $120.5 million from Thursday night previews and opening day Friday.

That smashes the previous opening day record of $91.1 million, set by 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. (Studios count Thursday night grosses as part of opening day.) Disney is projecting a domestic weekend total of around $220 million, which would surpass the record $208.8 million of Jurassic World. It’s a type of release never before seen in December, where the previous top opening was 2012’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with $84.6 million.

In brighter news, an Atlanta father and son made some great memories by sitting through an entire “Star Wars” marathon, taking in the first six films before a screening of “Force Awakens.” That nostalgia worked for Tony Brennan, who said he “can’t get off of that high that I’m on” after seeing the film with the opening-night crowd in Hollywood. “It’s definitely worth all the hype,” he said. “I like how they bring back the old quotes and old scenery and old people… It passed all of our expectations. I’m watching it five, six, seven more times.” (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

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