Thanks to the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a Christmas release, Disney/Lucasfilm have moved Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII from its original May 26, 2017 release date to December 15, 2017.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will now shift from its original launch date, July 7, 2017, to May 26th.
Before Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered, I bet a friend it would reach half-a-billion dollars by New Years. He didn’t think it would. We were both wrong.
Globally, Episode VII passed the half-billion mark today and may well pass its first billion by New Years.
How does this happen? Well, Rotten Tomatoes has it ranked 95% Fresh; Metacritic sits at 81 (Universal Acclaim) and fans scoring it at IMDb give it 8.8/10 – plus Cinemascore has it as an A.
If you’re interested in numbers, there are a bunch of them following the jump – including biggest IMAX Thursday night and best IMAX global debut; biggest opening ever in 19 countries (excluding China, where it opens on January 9th), and biggest Thursday preview gross.
The second TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens aired last night – sixty seconds of old and new footage that features, among other things, the moment when Finn and Rey actually meet for the first time. Also, Han Solo gives Rey a piece of advice.
Check it out after the jump. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18th.
Lucasfilms’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens has a lovely new set of character posters for Finn (above), Riley, Rey, Han Solo, Kylo Ren, and Leia – each looking very… umm… forceful. (My personal favorite is Leia – it’s just too cool for words…)
Check out the rest following the jump. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18th.
Here’s your chance to experience all things Disney! Fan-favorite events, including the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, take center stage in new 7,500-seat “Hall D23” venue at the Anaheim Convention Center.