Star Wars is one of the most popular film series and media franchise ever created, so much so that you have probably never met a single person that hasn't either seen the movies themselves or knows someone that has. The first movie came out in theaters on May 25th, 1977 and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983) were similarly successful. The prequel trilogy released between 1999 and 2005, received a mixed reaction, compared to the original trilogy, from fans but all six films were either nominated or won Academy Awards. With a combined box office revenue of 4.38 billion dollars, Star Wars has become the fifth highest grossing film series of all time! This doesn't include all of the revenue from merchandise, television series, conventions and more. In fact, Star Wars holds a Guinness World Record for the most successful film merchandising franchise. In 2012, the franchise was estimated at USD $30.7 billion, including box-office receipts as well as profits from their video games and DVD sales.
Now, with the release of the first of the highly anticipated next episode of the franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans of all ages are helping the series break records all over the world!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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U.S. Release Date: December 18th, 2015
Running Time: 2 hours & 16 minutes
Cast: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow
Director: J.J. Abrams
Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk
Executive Producers: Tommy Harper, Jason McGatlin
Screenplay by: Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Amdt
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens
On December 20th, just two days after it debuted in theaters Star Wars: The Force Awakens has set a new all-time domestic debut record with an estimated $238 million. With a five-day international debut of $279 million, the film has taken in an astonishing $517 million globally!
En route to this galactic launch, the film has smashed several all-time domestic box office records including:
- Biggest Thursday preview gross with $57 million.
- Biggest Friday and biggest single-day gross with $120.5 million.
- First film ever to post a single day over $100 million.
- Fastest film to $100 million and $200 million.
- Biggest December debut (nearly 3 times the previous record of $84.6 million)
- Biggest IMAX Thursday night preview ($5.7 million), single-day ($14 million, Friday) and weekend ($30.1 million)
- Highest theater average for a wide release ($57,568)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted day-and-date internationally in nearly every market (except Greece & India, which opens December 24th and China which opens January 9th) and set records in many. Highlights include:
- Biggest opening weekend of all time in the UK (4-day), Australia, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Poland (3-day), Denmark (5-day), Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, Iceland, Serbia, New Zealand. Second biggest opening weekend in France, Belgium, Israel and Chile.
- Biggest IMAX global debut of $48 million
The Force is strong with critics and audiences, from around the world, whose enthusiastic
reactions have powered a 95% Rotten Tomatoes score and an excellent A CinemaScore, with an A+ among women and younger audiences! If you haven't seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens you're missing out on excitement, action and adventure! Visit your local theater or for an even more incredible experience check out the new Star Wars movie in 3D or at your local IMAX theater!
To get your little ones excited about Star Wars: The Force Awakens you can print out this official activity pack filled with coloring pages, mazes, door hangers and a lot more fun!
Print out the Activity Pack here!
Print out the Activity Pack here!
Have you had a chance to see the new Star Wars movie yet? Comment below and tell me what you thought of the movie!
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