Did you see Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend? Chances are, you probably did. The film broke pretty much every record out there. For the three-day domestic (American) haul, the film made $238 million. The previous record was set by Jurassic World, which had an opening weekend of $208.8 million. Internationally, The Force Awakens made $279 million in five days. Meaning the movie hasn’t even been in theaters one full week and it’s already made $517 million. That means it didn’t break the record for biggest international opening weekend, which is still held by Jurassic World with a $524.9 million in international ticket sales (Jurassic World opened in China the same week as everywhere else, while The Force Awakens hasn’t yet).
What other records did it break? Let’s see… it’s the first film to make $100 million in a 24 hour period. Biggest Friday ticket sales of all time, with $120.5 million. Biggest Thursday-night opening with $57 million in sales. It’s also breaking IMAX and 3D records. I find the international numbers particularly fascinating, because it really seemed like JJ Abrams was aiming for a more diverse cast, and Disney’s goal was to sell this film everywhere. So far, the film is extremely popular in the UK, Germany, France, Australia and Mexico.
I went to see The Force Awakens on Sunday afternoon, and my theater was PACKED. Packed like I’d never seen before. I ended up sitting beside a very small child who wasn’t really following the story, but at least he stayed quiet. I actively avoided spoilers before seeing the movie, so I was genuinely surprised by some of the “secret” plot points and what happened in that scene and you-know-who. I do wonder how long those spoilers are going to hold though – keeping JJ Abrams’ secrets for the opening weekend, sure, most of us can do that. But going into the second week? Some of this stuff is going to leak out. So… please no spoilers in the comments!
I’m not going to do a real review or anything because at this point, I don’t know what constitutes a spoiler. I’ll just say that I’m very happy with the film, and it felt like a very satisfying addition to the Star Wars canon. I was very impressed with John Boyega, Adam Driver and yes, even Daisy Ridley. I liked that her character (Rey) was tough, athletic and strong-willed. She was very graceful and she didn’t annoy me at all. I though John Boyega’s Finn was a little bit silly and he really brought a lot of sweetness and humor to the role. Domhnall Gleeson was the cartoonish villain I didn’t even know I wanted. Oscar Isaac was sexy, of course, and Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher both looked like they were sort of enjoying themselves. You know who gave me life? Chewy. Chewy was everything. And God help me, I love BB-8. So mobile, so puppy-ish!
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