January 11th, 2016
In a Galaxy Far Far Away
In a galaxy far far away the Rebellion is fighting off the First Order; but, right here at home this very movie has taken a memorable lift off. Breaking records both in the United States, and Worldwide such as: Highest Grossing Film of All time in the US (taking only 20 days to surpass that of Avatar’s 318 day journey plus a re-release in 2010), Fastest Film to Gross $1 Billion Worldwide (12 days), and Biggest Worldwide and Single Weekend Gross ($529 million). Even with these records being smashed it still falls in at No. 3 on the list of All-Time Gross (Worldwide) with $1.7 billion before inflation, although a lot faster than the No. 1 and No. 2. The next movie in the series is already set to be made in May of 2017, and if it goes the same way it did this time around, it will surely break more records, bringing in possibly more profit and revenue than ever. But, who says it will go the same way?
With the average movie ticket costing $8.61 plus tax, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken every weekend gross record ever since it has come out, except this last one. The weekend of January 10th, The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, pulled in a whopping $58.2 million in its debut across seas in China, compared to the $53 million pulled in by Star Wars: Force Awakens in its first two days in China. Also, in the year of 2015, Jurassic World profited $652 million within their first couple of months, compared to that of Star Wars: Force Awakens ($812 million); and to be fair the first Star Wars movie (1977) was released almost 20 years before that of Jurassic Park (1993). Meaning that, the Star Wars fanboys have been on this journey for nearly 40 years.
There are also rumors sparking of certain plot twists within the next movie (I’m not going to spoil anything, you can look them up yourself). If said plot twists are true, the fanboys across the world are not going to like that; and fanboys produce more than 75% of the sales brought in.
All of this shows that movies are becoming more and more advanced, and more and more older movies are being remade, and those are the movies that are bringing in such high revenues. Although, the next Star Wars movie has the potential to reach the same level of success as this previous one did, if not better. But, with that being said, it is very easy to screw up on such a popular movie; There is always going to be a high expectation for this movie, people are going to want to see this and that, but if you don’t deliver, you might be S.O.L. Either way, the next movie will have a huge impact on our economy whether it be positive or negative.
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