Wednesday, June 12, 2024

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Opens to $57 Mil Thursday, Sets Records, Reveals Spoilers


“Star Wars” had a huge night last night, opening to $57 million. The previous record was $43 million for the final “Harry Potter” movie.

Today is the real opening day, which means millions of people will learn the truth about a lot of the characters and their fates. The problem will be keeping it all a secret so new waves of fans can be surprised by the revelations.

And there are many, with one in particular that isn’t unveiled until about 45 minutes in. That reveal ties to a climactic event later on that will keep audiences on tenterhooks until the next episode is released.

Also happening today will be the making of movie stars. Daisy Ridley and John Boyega are totally unknown. But they won’t be able to walk in the street by tomorrow morning without attracting crowds. Ridley in particular is about to become a superstar. She is LITERARLLY the star of this “Star Wars.” Just crazy. Hopefully she can remain calm, cool, and collected, and have a real career. But it’s going to be hard.

Wait for a lot of magazine stories titled “Inside Daisy Ridley.” This will be a reference to a Natalie Wood movie no young person has ever heard of, “Inside Daisy Clover.” I’m claiming it first.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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