The Force Awakens Roundup

Star Wars Hits One Billion

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is a juggernaut!

It’s now officially beaten Avatar as the highest grossing film in the United States, and now punters are looking at Avatar‘s international record and wondering if the new Star Wars film will topple that?

It’s a pretty tall order, and the film has to make another 1.2 billion dollars internationally (give or take) to do that… but it toppled Avatar domestically in record time, so who knows!

In other Force Awakens news, Hasbro have officially commented on why Rey is not featured in the Star Wars monopoly set, and they’re saying it’s because they didn’t want to spoil the movie…?!

Rey Rescuing BB-8

As a person, I’m not fond of focusing on the negative, but that sounds pretty weird to me.

For now, let’s give Hasbro the benefit of the doubt.

They’re also saying that Rey will feature in a lot of new merchandise this year.

Next, my favourite Star Wars site for all things ‘newsy’ about our beloved saga is MakingStarWars.net.

Making Star Wars Logo

MakingStarWars.net have a few Star Wars news items of note, including updates on the first anthology film (A Star Wars Story: Rogue One), images of the new IMAX posters for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and a bunch of new hi-res photos from the film that have been released by StitchKingdom.

They’re beautiful, as you can see from the small collection below.

Go check out StitchKingdom‘s site!  You can take a wander through the amazing shots they’ve put together right here.  The MakingStarWars.net article is here.

Lastly, io9 have a great feature on the backstory to the Force Awakens – everything from who the heck Lor San Tekka is, to the size of the Resistance and the First Order, and how the Force actually awakened.

To read the article, click here.

Any bets on whether or not The Force Awakens has a chance of beating Avatar in the international takings stakes?

So you know, Avatar took 2.78 billion dollars internationally.  The Force Awakens is currently at 1.56 billion dollars internationally.

For more information so you can make a better judgement, read the Hollywood Reporter article here.

For the record, I think Star Wars can do it.

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Star Wars Breaks Records and Where’s Rey?

Star Wars To Be Biggest Movie Ever

According to ForbesStar Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is well on its way to becoming the highest grossing movie ever.

Both Variety and Forbes are reporting on the unprecedented speed with which The Force Awakens has broken every US domestic record bar one, and both are stating that the new Star Wars film will surpass Avatar (the current record holder) sometime tomorrow!

Dog Fight Over Takodana

There are too many domestic and international records that The Force Awakens has broken to list them here, especially when so many journalists have gone above and beyond to do just that – but what it all boils down to is that the seventh Star Wars film is a phenomena.

It’s perfect blend of nostalgia and new, humour and tragedy, and heart as well as special effects is a winner for old and new converts, and its success seems to be about more than a group of die-hard Star Wars fans seeing the film over and over again.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has staying power, and it is a movie that resonates with people, in particular young women as can be seen by the trending #WheresRey and the numerous complaints Hasbro is receiving for leaving the film’s protagonist out of box sets and it’s recently released Star Wars monopoly set.

John Boyega Daisy Ridley Peter Mayhew and Harrison Ford

It’s a little sad that the merchandise side of the Star Wars phenomena hasn’t broken any female representation records – considering the fact the film has more female roles in it than any previous entry in the saga, and especially considering the fact that Princess Leia Organa was the world’s first major strong female action hero.  She won our hearts two years before Ellen Ripley and 27 years before the rebooted Starbuck.  You’d think anyone and everyone associated with Star Wars would be proud of that legacy, and Rey would feature predominantly in any merchandise that came out.

Still, don’t let the lack of foresight by Hasbro damage your enthusiasm for this truly wonderful film.

If you haven’t seen Star Wars: The Force Aweakens yet, I encourage you to.  It is everything you want a blockbuster movie to be – and even better, there’s not a bloody superhero in sight!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Lupita Nyong’o, Max Von Sydow and Gwendoline Christie.

To read the Forbes article on the box office success of Star Wars, click here.

To read more on the #WheresRey controversy, click the following links:

Legion of Leia
The Mary Sue
The Vine
Global News

An interesting side note, the film still hasn’t opened in China, so no doubt a whole bunch of other records will fall when that enormous market starts lining up to see the movie on the 9th of January.

Congratulations to everyone involved in The Force Awakens.  You have given hope to Star Wars fans everywhere, and you’ve treated the source material with respect.

Bring on Episode VIII.

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