Star Wars Newcomer Daisy Ridley Reveals She Grappled with ‘Overwhelming Fear …

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Tracking Suggests Film Could Make $2.7 Billion Profit.

I am a woman who has seen The Revenant. With tracking suggesting $1 billion in domestic and $2.5 billion in international box office, Barton Crockett expects Wall Street forecasts for ‘Rogue One’ “to catapult up.” Walt Disney earnings and shares could be set for major Star Wars upside, FBR & Co. analyst Barton Crockett said in a report on Tuesday, citing box-office tracking data for The Force Awakens and analyzing its effect on spin-off Rogue One.Through all the previews, female character Rey (Daisy Ridley) has been at the center of the action along with male characters in the movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Now “Star Wars” director J.J. While he kept his own financial forecasts and his $126 price target for Disney’s stock and his “outperform” rating on it unchanged, he said there was a case to be made for earnings upside.

First, it means I can categorically tell you that the film – the new one by the Birdman director, big Oscar contender, set in the American wilderness in 1823 – does not feature a scene in which Leonardo DiCaprio is sexually assaulted by a bear. He is raped – twice!” As studio Fox stressed in its swift response, the animal is clearly a female protecting her cubs rather than, say, a male so overcome by the sight of the A-lister he throws caution and many millennia of evolved behaviour to the wind.

Force Awakens tracking suggests $1 billion potential domestic box-office revenue for the film, Crockett wrote in his report. “Our base assumption remains that Force Awakens has $730 million domestic box office, ranking just behind Avatar’s all-time record of $761 million,” Crockett explained. “However, current tracking argues for a December 18 opening weekend at the $200 million level (we assume $185 million), 2.5 times Avatar’s $77 million on a comparable weekend in 2009 and similarly above the December record $85 million opening for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 2012. As noted by Abrams himself, the traditional thinking is that “Star Wars,” comic books, and science fiction or fantasy in general has been the domain of men. “’Star Wars’… was always a boy’s thing and a movie that dads could take their sons to,” he said when making his hopeful comments about mothers and their daughters attending the film. Last week, respected US critic Jeffrey Wells wrote: “The Revenant is an unflinchingly brutal, you-are-there, raw-element immersion like something you’ve never seen. That would mean earnings per share gains of 15 percent and 7 percent, respectively. “But a reasonable upside case ($1 billion domestic box for Force/Rogue, plus $700 million consumer product license fees) drives 7 percent and 11 percent upside to our earnings per share estimates, and earnings per share in fiscal year 2017 35 percent above fiscal year 2015, suggesting similar stock appreciation potential,” he said. “We see potential additional lifts in later years from the Shanghai [theme] park launch, Frozen sequel, new Avatar and Star Wars attractions in theme parks, and potential new SVOD launches.”

While this perception that fantasy or science fiction is a boys’ game continues in some circles, the numbers haven’t borne this out for some time. For “Star Wars” itself, the opening weekend audience for the previous new “Star Wars” film, “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith,” was 58 percent male, just a bit over half. It depicts a journey of freezing temperatures and the harrowing quest for shelter, but I see other women hoping to catch the 7.54am from Harringay too. Sci-fi and fantasy fans will no doubt appreciate Abrams’ comments as acknowledging a reality that already exists: many moviegoers are going to see these stories, not just the demographic often called “fanboys.”

Plus, of course, Princess Leia herself – back and, according to Carrie Fisher, “defeated, tired and pissed” (ie no more gold bikini, no more complex hair). Abrams’ assumption that in order for a movie to be female-friendly it has to have women in it is on the same spectrum as Wells’s claim that women won’t cope watching men clobber each other for a couple of hours. And in an age in which gender fluidity is embraced, it feels jarring to hold up, say, self-possessed, drop dead gorgeous Katniss Everdeen as a refreshingly better role model for girls than, say, shy little Harry Potter.

The recent poster girl here is Suffragette: an average movie with the inspired marketing notion that if you see yourself as a feminist, you need to see this film. Historically, that’s leaky – the film muffles other factors, such as a further decade of negotiation, a few enlightened politicians and the first world war.

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