Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, or have no access whatsoever to social media — they do exist — then you’re probably aware that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released to the masses this past weekend. Possibly the biggest film release of 2015, and one of the grandest events of the year, the film has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions worldwide, and is set to smash multiple box-office records on its lengthy run in cinemas.
With such a following, it’s only a matter of time until various records are vanquished, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens wasted no time in claiming its first victim this week — The biggest opening weekend of any movie in history. In order to obtain this honor, the space opera had to dismiss Jurassic World, which took the top spot earlier this year. Once it was announced, in a moment that shows film studios possess a sense of humor as well as a thirst for competition, the people behind Jurassic World graciously stepped aside, and even commended the film-makers in this adorable tweet.
On his Twitter page, producer Frank Marshall shared the following message congratulating J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy (Marshall’s wife), Lucasfilm, and the cast and crew on their box-office shattering opening. The image above shows the infamous T-Rex (the Jurassic franchise’s iconic star) putting a gold medal around the “neck” of roller droid BB-8. The Force Awakens featured many breakout stars, but BB-8 had the honor of featuring in this humble acceptance from the makers of Jurassic World.
Jurassic World stormed into cinemas in the summer, and smashed the box-office with a mind-boggling $208.8 million domestic debut, setting the bar astonishingly high for anything that followed. In a world where the blockbuster is king, many expected this record to stand for some considerable time. It would only be a few months until Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrived on the scene to claim its throne, with a staggering total that clocked in just below £248 million — in the U.S alone. At current check, the film is sitting on $610 million plus, so expect this total to keep rising, with just over a week on the board.
Jurassic World would go on to gross $1.6 billion worldwide, so its not all doom and gloom. It currently stands at the third highest grossing movie of all time…for now. Given the huge opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, people have begun to whisper about the potential for the film to unseat Avatar as the highest grossing movie ever made. The newspapers have also picked up on this potential record, as revealed by The Guardian. Many have come close in recent years but none have succeeded. With the money rolling in consistently, and fans clamoring for more of the latest space opera saga, you can expect The Force Awakens to make a push for that title immediately, one that stands as possibly the most prestigious in the film world.
Impressing with huge debut numbers, a rabid, loyal following and with multiple viewings on the cards, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be around for some considerable time. With critical acclaim in abundance and heaped praise from a variety of fans, the film looks to have a long life-span in its future. May the force be with it.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently showing in cinemas worldwide.
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