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December 18th is just around the corner and with it comes Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. On 12/17. I will be seeing the film along with Joe Scorpio and our respective spouses, both of whom will not come close to geeking out the way Joe and I will. Sometime around the early morning hours of 12/18, I will post a spoiler-filled discussion thread and those who want to talk about it are welcome, while those who don't want to be spoiled before viewing the film themselves can steer clear. In the meantime, I have a few spoiler-free questions about this episode, starting with this blog for my first question. So, without further adieu...
Question 1: How well do you think Episode VII will perform at the box office? What box office records are going to be broken?
This is something of a loaded topic nowadays, since box office records, much like others, are meant to be broken repeatedly. For the sake of this blog, though, I'm making a few predictions regarding box office records and I'd be interested to hear everyone else's predictions as well. I have three box office records in mind which I believe might fall next week:
Highest opening day and weekend in December
Highest opening - United States
Fastest to earn $1 Billion worldwide
I've lost count of how many times I've read the phrase "Star Wars broke the internet" the day online sales began. It seems apparent from these already record-breaking ticket pre-sales that JJ Abrams' baby is going to make some big bank.
The Disney marketing blitz has been irritatingly overbearing and could hurt future installments of the saga in the long run, but for at least this film, the campaign really has worked. Merchandise has flown off the shelves and every talk show of any kind has already had cast members and/or JJ Abrams on for an interview. Judging from audience responses and from how well received the theater trailer has been, I'd say it's a good bet the box office gross reaches record levels nationwide.
Reaching one billion dollars globally depends mainly upon how well the film is received by viewing audiences. It goes without saying that die-hard fans are going to see the film a few times in theaters. However, winning critics and the general public over will make all the difference in the world whether anyone else will make another trip to the cinema. If the film receives mainly positive reviews and holds up well upon repeat viewing, it could dominate the box office for a few weeks and fly over the billion dollar mark faster than any film before it. If the critics pan it, the film could tank after a couple of weeks. Judging by the reactions of insiders who have seen the film, I have no reason to believe critics will tear it down. We will see soon enough.
So now I pose the question to the good people of MFC. What records do you see Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens breaking, if any? Do you believe the saga has enough fire power to take over the galaxy one more time? Or do you have a bad feeling about this? Let the discussion begin!