For a major-release film, a $50 million opening weekend gross is respectable, but not amazing. A $50 million opening day is even more impressive, edging on bona fide blockbuster territory. But to have already raked in $50 million on advance ticket sales alone is a feat of an entirely different caliber, and to have accomplished this feat with a full month until the film in question actually debuts in theaters harkens the arrival of a new titan. With four weeks still to go before Star Wars: the Force Awakens takes cineplexes by storm, it has begun its mass obliteration of box-office records.
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We were under the impression that we wouldn't see any more new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens after the release of the second — and final — official trailer. We were also under the impression that after last week's flood of new info and images, we wouldn't be seeing or hearing much else until next month. We were obviously wrong. Disney continues to release new imagery and TV spots for the upcoming film, as if we needed any more convincing. But hey, we might as well enjoy this new photo of Kylo Ren since it's already here.
In the tradition of ScreenCrush series like You Think You Know Movies and You Think You Know TV comes a new YouTube series: Top Five! Each week (or so; we’ve got a lot of other stuff going on), ScreenCrush editor and critic Matt Singer will count down a particular topic from the world of movies (and probably write these introductory posts in the third person).
Not unlike the Wu-Tang, Star Wars is for the children. Not in the most literal sense, of course — fans of all ages can enjoy the sci-fi franchise’s galactic thrills and sand-related koans — but in a moral sense. Over the weekend at Los Angeles’ Gallery 1988, a new exhibit called “Art Awakens” featured a host of pieces pertaining to the inescapable franchise of adventure films, with all proceeds from the sale of said items going to support UNICEF Kid Power.
At this point it’s totally fair if you want to stop watching promos for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Although Disney and Lucasfilm initially took a more measured approach in their release of trailers, it looks like all bets are off in the month leading up to the film’s release as we’ve been flooded with TV spots, featurettes and all kinds of new info. The marketing machine hasn’t slowed down a bit, as today brings another new spot for The Force Awakens featuring even more new footage, as well as some details on Kylo Ren’s mysterious crossguard lightsaber.
While we won’t be seeing another full trailer for The Force Awakens before it hits theaters next month, that hasn’t stopped Disney and Lucasfilm from delivering more new footage from the latest chapter in the Star Wars franchise. Over the past week we’ve seen a Japanese trailer, a TV spot, a special preview on ABC, several new photos and lots and lots of character details. Today brings another look at The Force Awakens featuring even more new footage, in case you were feeling particularly greedy.
And the Star Wars details keep coming. If you thought we were done learning about the characters and plot of The Force Awakens this week, you were wrong. We have one more little info dump for you, this time concerning Domhnall Gleeson’s mysterious antagonist General Hux and that huge, imposing weapon known as Starkiller Base — and no, it’s no coincidence that it resembles the Death Star.
It started out as a sort of interesting bit of trivia for Star Wars fans: the adorable new droid first introduced in last year’s teaser for The Force Awakens is actually a girl. BB-8 has already become one of the upcoming film’s most popular characters, and while gendering a robot seems a little silly, it was neat to know that in addition to having Daisy Ridley playing a leading role in the next phase of the Star Wars saga, something as small and seemingly irrelevant as the gender of a droid was being given more nuanced consideration. And that’s when things got complicated.
This new bit of footage comes from an appearance on Disney XD UK (a similar version, but with an American host instead, will air tonight in the U.S.) where we see some very brief glimpses at the new movie. What’s interesting — aside from the new bits that include hearing General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) for the first time — is that some of these shots are familiar, yet completely different.
In the event that you woke up this morning feeling great about your life and your accomplishments, now may be a good time to excuse yourself and navigate to a different, safer article. Because in today’s installment of his Variety awards column “In Contention,” writer Kris Tapley has noted that one Hollywood heavy hitter stands to collect a landmark nomination in this year’s Oscar cycle. It’s not that Meryl Streep is going to earn her kajillionth nod this year — her chances with Ricki and the Flash or Suffragette are, shall we say, slim — or that the ghost of Edith Head has returned from beyond the impeccably designed veil to earn yet another prize for her costuming talents.