Well, here we are: Dec. 18, like the poster says. A date circled on the calendar for months by science fiction fans everywhere. And as I write this, cinemas all over North America are being absolutely flooded with die-hard Star Wars fans, all there for the phenomenon that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
For a long time I have been predicting this would be a massive opening and likely the box office champion for all of 2015, based simply on all the Star Wars merchandise I was seeing at Walmart weeks and weeks ago. The force is with this movie in a big way.
Last night, the movie turned up in pre-release and made $57 million on Thursday night alone. Tonight and this weekend, it could set all kinds of box-office records, including biggest single day in history, possibly biggest opening weekend in history, you name it. Certainly, this will be the biggest Star Wars movie of all time and absolutely cement the entire Star Wars franchise, going back to 1977, as the highest grossing and most successful in the history of motion pictures.
The international box office records are also poised to fall by the wayside. A single day record has already been shattered in the UK. The global haul is already at $130 million. And we are just getting started!
I’ll have a further update later this weekend on the progress of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on what I fully expect to be a mammoth weekend for the box office in North America, the world, and for that matter, the universe as well.