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.
My first published movie review was for Star Wars – long before it became Episode Four: A New Hope. That opening shot of the rebel fighter being pursued by the Empire dreadnought hooked me like new movie before – or since.
After the sheer awfulness of the second trilogy (Episodes I, II, and III), I had given up hope of there being another Star Wars movie to get it right – until this morning.
Cineplex Entertainment has announced that – due to overwhelming public demand through advance ticket sales – it has increased screens available for Star Wars: The Force Awakens by 50% and added a third block of tickets amounting to 160 additional showtimes at 115 theaters across Canada.
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.