Friday, June 21, 2024

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Becomes 1st Film Ever to Cross $900 Mil Mark


Last night. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” crossed a landmark line in film history. It’s the first ever to make $900 million.

J.J. Abrams’ extravaganza is already the biggest movie in US history, far outdistancing number 2, “Avatar.” But the $900 million mark is the rarest occurrence of all time. The famous sequel is barreling toward $1 billion. It may not make it, but it will get close.

Of course, internationally “Star Wars” has already made $1 billion apart from the U.S. Disney can safely say it was a success. The three original principals– Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill– can’t be unhappy. And Ford will be back. As he told me a few weeks ago, Han Solo is “just resting.” With that kind of money, Ford can’t possibly be out of “Star Wars.”

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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