Friday, June 14, 2024

“Star Wars” Crosses $700 Mil Line US, Now Number 2 All Time, Will Eclipse “Avatar” Tomorrow


“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has now crossed the $700 million line in US box receipts, hovering around $740 million. On Tuesday J.J. Abrams’ film will eclipse “Avatar”– which made $760 million– and become the number 1 U.S. film of all time. Today “Star Wars” is number 2, having passed “Titanic” and “Jurassic World” on Friday.

Internationally, “Star Wars” is over $1.5 billion and also on track for number 1 in the world.

And remember, it’s still number 1 in real time, with no end in sight. The global $2 billion total is not far off. Neither is the domestic $1 billion total.

The secret here is was really “Give the people what they want.” But I object to the bashing of George Lucas over the prequels. Forget Jar Jar Binks. In order to make prequels, Lucas had to invent a whole new world. That’s a lot harder than delivering sequels in which beloved characters can appear and our own fantasies of What if? could be explored. I think in the long run, the prequels will find new love in 10 or 20 years as their own creations.

Keep refreshing for new numbers…

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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