Thursday, April 18, 2024

Oh Yes, By the Way, “Star Wars” Crossed the $1 Billion Line at the Worldwide Box Office


Blahblah blah. “Star Wars” crossed the $1 billion line on Sunday, globally. That’s about $550 million US and $550 million everywhere else.

Harrison Ford is that really it? If you come back you can own all of Wyoming, buy four more planes, and even hire a pilot. Just sayin’….

Best picture nomination? I don’t think so. But not because it’s not good. The Academy in the past has always viewed these event and comic book movies as outside their purview. The closest any of them ever got was “ET.” Really– a lot of people could argue that if Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies didn’t make it, why should “The Force Awakens”?

I don’t mind that the Critics Choice Awards added “Star Wars” to its list of Best Picture nominees, however. That awards show is for popular films. “Star Wars” deserves that nod, even if it doesn’t win. (Which it won’t.)

So, now–$2 billion looms. A month from now? Two months? Or much faster? We’ll see how this vacation week plays out.


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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