The Force is strong with this Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Force is strong with this Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a new U.S. opening weekend record of $247 million. According to BuzzFeed News, The Force Awakens tops domestic opening weekends of all time – surpassing Jurassic World and The Avenger respectively. Until now, studios would never expect a summer blockbuster-style box office opening at the end of the year, when holiday shopping and travel naturally draw away potential ticket buyers.
Confucious once said, “Study the past if you would define the future . . . .” With that in mind, let’s take a look at the predecessors of The Force Awakens.
Star Wars Box Office DiagramAll Time Box Office: Domestic Grosses.
With the largest second weekend of all-time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has now grossed more than $544 million domestically and another $546 million internationally, totaling over $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales in just twelve days.” – according to Box Office Mojo.
Disney, Lucasfilm, and the Future of Star Wars
The initial success of The Force Awakens is great news for Bob Iger, Disney CEO. Back in 2012, Iger purchased Lucasfilm from Star Wars creator George Lucas for $4.05 billion. A few months later, Lucas retired and handed the reins of the company over to Lucasfilm cochairman, Kathleen Kennedy. Kennedy, a veteran producer, has made some of the biggest blockbusters in history, including Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the Indiana Jones series. If analysts’ projections are correct, The Force Awakens will be her biggest moneymaker to date.
George Lucas & Kathleen Kennedy Discuss Disney and the Future of Star Wars
Since Lucas and Kennedy’s discussion in 2012, many advances have been made regarding the future of the Star Wars franchise.
The company intends to put out a new Star Wars moving every year for as long as people will be tickets. . . . put it another way: If everything works out for Disney, and if you are old enough to have been conscious for the first Star Wars film, you will probably not live to see the last one. It’s the forever franchise. . .” according to a recent Wired interview with Kennedy.
Star Wars Release Calendar Diagram
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