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‘Star Wars’ Beats ‘Avatar’ And Becomes Biggest Film In History!

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Star Wars To Beat Avatar For Box Office Record

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The galaxy has spoken – Star Wars: The Force Awakens has sailed past Avatar to become the biggest film in domestic box office history. This comes nearly 40 years after the debut of first Star Wars film back in 1977.

On Wednesday The Force Awakens overtook the $760.5 million record held James Cameron’s Avatar and grossed a domestic total of $764.4 million. What is even more remarkable, is that it only took the Disney – Lucasfilm franchise 20 days to beat Avatar!

Been A long Time: Han Solo & Friends

Been A long Time: Han Solo & Friends

Back in 2009, Avatar grossed nearly $750 million in its original, seven-month run, plus another $10 million-plus when it was rereleased in theaters.

Star Wars has beaten just about every record in the books, including biggest domestic opening ($247.9 million), biggest global debut ($529 million), fastest film to reach $100 million (24 hours), $200 million (three days), $300 million (five days), $400 million (eight days), $500 million (10 days), $600 million (12 days), and $700 million (16 days).

This means that Disney will be releasing a lot more Star Wars films for obsessed fans in foreseeable future. At least four more are planned.

I don’t know know about you, but we’re excited for the future. As we all know, The Force Awakens is a freakin’ hoot – and well worth the three trips this writer made to the local Cinema-plex to see it — once in 3-D and twice in standard 2-D.

Star Wars Box Office Run

On top of this, Avatar took 48 weeks to set those numbers into the record books. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has just barely begun its triumphant run and beat Avatar in just 20 days.

In fact, Star Wars: The Force Awakens might just have to be yanked from theaters in time to make room for the next film in the franchise, which is due out December 2016.

Run Rey Run

Run Rey Run

Rentrak senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian was quoted by Wired as saying Star Wars: The Force Awakens release hit “perfect storm” conditions, by appealing to both old Star Wars fans and youngsters who are too young to have attended the last franchise release, which was more than a decade ago.

Not to be too much of a party-poop, but film also had little competition at the box office, coming up against solid, but slow-sales films, like Concussion (staring Will Smith) and Joy (staring Jennifer Lawrence), neither of which could muster widespread appeal.

Pundits are now looking for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to overtake Avatar’s worldwide box office record of $2.8 billion, which is also a virtual certainty. As of the film’s third weekend out, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was at $1.5 billion, which seems a long stretch from $2.8 billion, but it hadn’t even opened in China by then. It opens in China on Jan. 9.

 

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Have you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. 😉

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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